It’s almost Christmas. It is the time of year when most of us are reminding ourselves and each other just how important our friends and family are. Of course, there are many who have no friends or family. For them, the overt festiveness of the season serves as a stark reminder of what they don’t have—triggering depression and despair.
A common Christmas card slogan is, “May the spirit of Christmas be with you through all the year. “ But what does that really mean? Other traditional tidings include “peace on earth” and good will to all men”. Perhaps this is the meaning of the “spirit of Christmas”. Certainly that’s what the participants of the Christmas truce of 1914 had in mind when British and German troops left their trenches to exchange gifts and sing carols.
It is unfortunate that most people don’t seem to be able to keep this good will going for long. After Christmas it quickly fades.
Here is what I propose: Each of us go through each day looking for things to feel gratitude for. Each of us could go through each day with the intent to be fully in the present moment while releasing any judgmental thoughts we may have. I think if each of us could do these things we would notice that we are more alike than we are different. The seeds of compassion within each of us could sprout and grow. If we could do these things each day, not only would we have more joy in our life, but we could have the spirit of Christmas through all the year.
In case you are wondering how to do those things you could consult my book “In Pursuit of Joy” (http://sbprabooks.com/garygreen/ ) or my other soon-to-be published book “The Mindful Lifestyle”.
Having said all that I think I will leave you with this quote: “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.”