I keep thinking I am the Grinch this year. I haven’t been in the Christmas spirit at all. When I think about it I realize I am not in the Christmas spirit in the sense of shopping and buying gifts, but when I really reflect I am in the Christmas spirit in the sense of wanting to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.
The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.
How can we love when the news is showing nothing but hate, violence, death? It’s making it very hard to love the world and the people in it.
I’ve been really trying to understand the hate and violence towards different races, towards authority, towards family, towards friends. In my own opinion acts of violence come from self insecurities. Thinking you’ll feel better if someone else is hurting. But really I feel best when I’ve helped others be happy. Can’t others do the same?
To celebrate Christmas this year I will be cherishing time with my friends, time with my family, time with my yoga students. Giving love to not just others, but self love. Being positive towards myself and in turn sending positive happy vibes to others so they can do the same. I have had so many amazing experiences this year. Trip of a lifetime to South Africa and Malawi. Meeting so many amazing people who live life so simply, who through poverty keep the biggest brightest smile on their face. I took a huge leap of faith this year by quitting a job I was in for 12 years, and I landed quite nicely at a place that has made me feel very welcome. I have been here for just short of 2 months, but I have built incredible relationships, grown as a person and have been challenged out of my comfort zone. I look forward to what the coming months and years bring with this change.
I don’t want to turn my back to what is going on in this world, but I do for the next few days want to truly reflect on the real reason for the season. I am grateful for so much and so many. Merry Christmas.
I encourage you to write down 5 reasons to be happy and love. Mine are:
1. God and the love he provides even when i’m feeling down.
2. Family and the life I share with them through tough times and happy times.
3. Friends and the support, encouragement and laughs they provide.
4. The jobs I have and love so much, the support of co-workers, clients, students and all they give each day.
5. The past year and how my eyes have opened to a different part of the world.