As I sit here in our warm home on the eve before Christmas Eve, with a fire burning in the fireplace, the yummy smell of food being prepared for the next couple of days of holiday celebrations, and presents all wrapped up and under the Christmas tree, I think about what I’ve learned or was reminded of this Christmas season.
People I love are invaluable, irriplaceable. (This may sound mundane, but really take some time to read this and let it soak in.)
Life’s most important lessons are not complicated.
My family is wonderful, precious, sacred. (Again see info in parentheses above)
Even though our family is not perfect, I really miss my mom and dad who are far away from me this Christmas.
I learned that I should never live as if I know everything about what is going to happen next. Meaning that there are plans in the works and I will not ever know all the details. So, I should always live as if the next thing around the corner is going to be awesome!
I learned that I too matter to others.
I was reminded that there is a certain type of wicked evil in the world, but there is also way more goodness and kindness than there is this evil.
People are all capable of good and evil. It is a choice on how you want to exist in this world.
I learned that I can help other people with simple acts. There are things I may unwittingly say or do that will change a person’s day for the good -or the bad (I’m not perfect). This reminds me to be aware of how I interact in the world as to never make someone’s day worse.
I was reminded that no matter how hard we try, we simply cannot protect our children from all forms of harm, cruelty, hatred. We must show them even more love and kindness inside our homes to make up for what they see out in the world, in school, on TV.
I learned that, although I do like to get presents as does everyone this time of year, there really is nothing I really need or want this Christmas that is not inside this house with me at this very moment — Tony, Emily, Abby, Minnie, Maggie and Lucy — and the people outside this house whom I love more than words or things can express. That’s a very long list!
Sometimes when I think this is the best it will get, and there is nothing better to come into my family, home, work – something else wonderful happens! This is the fun part of life!
Oh, and the most important lesson – I was once again reminded that when Kohl’s screams at me from my TV to get into the store for this one and only and final “One-Day Sale!!” they are lying! There are One-Day Sales at Kohl’s every day! (Lying liars!)
What did you learn in these last few weeks.
Merry Christmas. Love each other.
(PS I’ll soon be blogging for ChicagoNow, I’ll keep you posted. Thank you for all of your support!)