I was listening to a holiday song that I love called “If Every Day Could be Christmas.” Every year when I listen to this song, I think about how people often interact differently with others during this time of year. I think about what it might mean if every day really were like Christmas. I’ve often wished I could bottle the “holiday spirit” and release it into the world each and every day. The holiday season is a crazy, busy time of year for most of us. Yet somehow most people find a way to reach out to others. To say a kind word. To give a gift – whether great or small – of time, money, or material goods.
My thoughts about Christmas then turned to wishes. What I would wish for each day in 2010? Rather than New Year’s resolutions, I decided to make wishes. Resolutions look backward and frequently focus on some negative aspect or behavior. I’ve found that focusing on them simply provides one more way for that “internal gremlin” to get that metaphorical stick out and bash me when I don’t “keep” the resolution. Most are absolutes, 0/1 situations. You either do, or you don’t. There’s no middle ground. Wishes can be positive and motiviational. They can be incremental, not absolute.
So here it is, my Christmas Wishes.
May you find…
Moments of Joy during times of Sorrow.
The strength of Patience in the midst of a Crisis.
A sense of Peace in the midst of Chaos.
May you see…
The spark of life in every living thing.
A sliver lining in every stormy cloud.
A reason to be happy and laugh each and every day.
May you feel…
A sense of purpose in your life.
Compassion for those less fortunate for you.
Love for yourself and from others.
It is my hope and wish for each and every one of you that you find reasons to live joyfully, have many people to love, and share many moments of laughter with others.
Come celebrate life with me. Make wishes not resolutions. Live, love, and laugh out loud. If you can’t some days that’s ok. Remember that each day is a new day – you can always start over. When you need to, get back in bed and get out of the other side. Not just metaphorically, but physically. See if it doesn’t help you change your outlook for the day. You might just start with a laugh. If it’s with me or at me and my ideas, that’s ok. Laughter, whatever the trigger, will help recalibrate your day.
Smiles, Laughter, and Joy are contagious. It’s my wish that you both find some for yourself and to share it with others (me included). May you find a way for every day to be Christmas and for my Wishes to come true.