December 24, 2019
I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! I know tomorrow is a big day for many of you, and I’m glad you’re able to spend it with those you love and care about. I arrived a couple of days ago at my Dad’s house and am seeing some family I haven’t seen in over 5 years. It’s great to be able to finally visit with them.
Even though it’s only 450 miles between here and there, I make every excuse not to go. I’m not exactly sure why. I know it’s not a short drive, but it’s not that long of a drive either. And if I planned enough in advance, I’d take a plane and just rent a car while I’m there. But I bought my car specifically so I could take road trips in it, so there’s that.
One of the important things we remember each year is those less fortunate than us. Sometimes we only focus on ourselves, and I’m guilty of that as well, but there are many people who don’t have family, don’t have our fancy electronics, or don’t even have a roof over their heads.
I encourage you to look out for your fellow man today. Perhaps you notice someone begging on the corner of a busy intersection. $20 from us may be a fortune to them. Or a bit of food could be the difference between going hungry and feeling full on a special, but cold day. I’m going to do my best to help others, and I hope that you do too!
Even if you’re not in a position to help financially, there’s many things we can do, such as visiting the elderly in nursing homes who don’t otherwise have any visitors. Or maybe it’s helping your neighbor bring in their groceries. Or maybe it’s just telling your children that you love them. This season isn’t about us, but everyone around us who forms our world.
I don’t want this to come across as preachy; I just want us all to take a moment during the festivities and reflect on how good our lives are. Even if there are things going wrong, and we’re stressed about money, time, work, or anything else, we can be grateful for the many wonderful things we have in our lives.
Here’s a moment from me. I’m grateful that I have a loving family, a warm and comfy house, a car that works well, and technology so I can work and stay connected. I’m especially grateful for the freedom and liberties that I enjoy from the luck of being born into a western society. I’m grateful for you, my friends. Even though we haven’t met in person and probably never will, your companionship and interactions with me are an important part of my life. Oh, and I’m grateful I can share my fictional worlds with you. It’s an amazing feeling knowing there are others getting enjoyment out of my imagination.
Anyway, enough about me. How are you? What are your Christmas plans? I’m sure some of you are doing a big Christmas Eve dinner, and others a Christmas Day dinner. Maybe both! Leave me a comment and let’s exchange Christmas greetings.