Its 12:09 AM. Another Thanksgiving
has come and gone. Most of
the world will now say its ok for
me to now wear my Christmas
sweatshirts, though I have been
wearing them everyday since
Nov.1! Mary and Kiri cooked the
most wonderful meal today, and
we listened to music, watched a
Hallmark movie, and shared all of
this with a beloved former student
and dear friend. It was a wonderful
day. A day full of love. Warmth.
Music and mindfulness!
What is it that makes this time
of year so special? Certainly,
the Taylor family are bonafide
Christmas and Holiday
season fanatics. But there is no
denying that this time of year
seems to be special to everyone.
Is it the music?
Certainly, not everyone loves
Christmas music—and there is
certainly no consensus as to
what kind of Christmas
music to listen to or perform
yourself. Is it the food? Perhaps.
But if that is the case,Thanksgiving
would seem to be the bigger
Holiday. Is it the decorations?
It certainly is beautiful, seeing all
the lights, and the green and red
everywhere. Is it the religious
aspect? For many, absolutely.
That is it.
But—I personally know many
people who are not the least
religious who adore
the Christmas and Holiday
seasons. So, what is it for them?
Perhaps it’s a combination
of everything.That is probably it.
Whatever the reason is for people
loving this time of year—there is one
clear result of this love. This feeling.
And that result is this seems
to be the time of year that people
are just a little kinder.
A little more considerate.
People think of others rather than
themselves just a bit more. Love for
our fellow man is just plain more
palpable. It’s almost like the
Christmas season gives people
“permission” to come out of
their shell and show their
sentimental side. Say hello to
one extra stranger.Hold the door
for one more person.
Help that sweet lady you always see
with her groceries. And, take time to
savor the season and just be still!
That is being kind to yourself. Yes,
love for the season seems to become
kindness. Which of course cultivates
And therein lies one of the greatest
lessons the Christmas and the
Holidays teach us: you don’t
have to wait to feel love to be kind.
Being kind generates love!
Like a plant receiving water and
sunlight, acts of kindness make
love grow. And when love grows,
more acts of kindness occur.
Kindness seems like
the natural state of things.
We cannot receive love until
we give love.We cannot give
love to others till we give love
to ourselves. Because in truth
friends, we are all one continuous
thread with no separation.
What we do to others we do to
ourselves, what we do to ourselves
we do to others. That’s a cycle I
think we can all get behind.
So take time this Holiday Season.
Decorate, and savor the
visual symphony. Light candles
and relish the smell.
Listen to great Christmas music…
and go hear it live!
Then sit back and watch love
grow, acts of kindness increase,
and promise yourself to keep that
feeling all the year ‘round.