Holidays have high expectations. It is a time where we have a tendency to become very idealistic about how “life should be." We focus on spreading “good cheer", tempted to overlook the immediate needs that often crowd our paths. Yet, in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, I find it difficult to ignore the confusion and struggle that invades this season of hope. Rather than Christmas cheer filling the air, we have airwaves filled with tragedy and loss, of fiscal cliffs and political gerrymandering, of joblessness and economic uncertainty. Rather than rest and relationships, we are often faced with stress and mall traffic. Reality seems to overwhelm joy.
…unless we choose differently
…unless we choose to make a difference
…unless we choose to have an impact
…unless we choose to find joy
So rather than simply wishing you Happy Holidays, allow me to offer this challenge, to choose peace!
The Holidays offer us a wonderful time to offer peace to many. They offer us a time to reflect not only on ourselves but more importantly, the impact we have on those around us. Something as simple as a smile can bring surprising joy to a passerby and taking a moment to thank a weary cashier can ease their burden of being yelled at by disgruntled shoppers. There is not a doubt in my mind that you and I can make a positive impact on today; an encouraging word, a smile, a helping hand, a thank you.