“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of how much you already have.”
“Now is the winter of our discontent” suggested William Shakespeare with a fair bit of his ever present innuendo. I believe in taking steps, snowy steps if necessary, to make this the winter of contentment. As the winter solstice passes, so does the longest night of this seemingly longest of years. Do we focus on the long, cold, dark night or do we focus on the promise of every day bringing a little more warmth and an ever increasing light? Will we choose to see the many gifts already in our lives which help us manage the hardships with just a little more ease?
For me, there is a nostalgia to Christmas. I reflect on family, friends, and the very deliberate sharing of joy. I think of the beauty of giving and the wonder of realizing that even in the midst of all our strife, we are likely to find many blessings if we take the time to mindfully examine our lives with an appreciative eye. Is a snowstorm a curse of shoveling or a gift of play for Nama, Tracy, and me? It is either or both or whichever we let hold our attention.
Whatever holiday warms your spirit at this time of year, I truly wish to honor you and fervently hope you find peace, love, and kindness in your celebrations. As a product of my 54 years of age and my brother’s “loving” influence, I share the lyrics to “My Christmas Card to You” by the Partridge Family:
To you and all your family, your neighbors and your friends
May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends
May peace and love surround you
At Christmas time and all the whole year through
I’ll spare you the rest and simply wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead!
Randy (& Tracy & Nama)