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As we enter this wondrous Christmas Season, I pay tribute to you, my wonderful supporters, friends and readers. I thank you for your comments, feedback and hope that together we will continue to explore and ponder issues that affect us all.
I detest the profit-driven commercialism that dominates this time of the year, and it is because I believe in Santa Claus! I tend to inquisitively stare deep into the eyes of patients, friends, strangers and family alike, and wonder if they see him too.
Santa rejuvenates my soul during the shortest, bleakest days of the year. Take a moment and contemplate what it means to be alive. Without challenges and hardships, we could not fully appreciate the joys of achievement and contentment.
In my world, Santa appears every time I see a communal spirit of caring, aid or volunteerism. When families and friends rally around an ill person, Santa appears in the calmness that ensues. When I see groups of volunteers rebuilding schools, manning soup kitchens, preparing churches for Christmas celebration, traveling afar to defend our values, it proves that the spirit of Santa is alive and strong. I find myself working this Christmas season, and salute those who sacrifice special family time to keep our community running.
My wish for you is that the first comment of each day be a positive one. One of the most effective medicines that I kow is laughter. I have seen it heal deep wounds and restore fractured souls.
You are wonderfully unique. No one will ever know that unless you share your thoughts and ideas. Share your feelings devoid of opinion with loved ones. Donít assume that they instinctively know of your love for them. Criticism is a plentiful commodity and seemingly free. The hidden price is emotional destruction. Simply avoid it. Whether you are born here or arrived here from another land, learn to appreciate the greatness of what this land has to offer.
One of the greatest gifts that I have witnessed people squander is potential. The ability to persevere, succeed and fail all depend on potential.
Recognize that you are surrounded by family and it extends into thousands. A true appreciation of this concept goes far beyond genetic linkages and dysfunctions. Take family gatherings for example. A friend once defined Christmas dinners as an annual event to revisit and refine family dysfunction. I urge you to travel beyond that anticipation, and look at why this event repeats itself over generations. You may discover spirits within us attempting to reconnect with primordial bonds that define time itself.
People congregate for similar reasons. The bonds that bind us need to be celebrated. Embrace, revel in and build on this concept. To discover why you sit breaking communal bread, look beyond the table and not across it. Let people know about the good you see in them. It is they who will make you a better person.
Please have a safe and wonderful Christmas season! May God Bless.