Archive for December 26, 2008

Reflections on a snowy day

DeeTee From DeeTee:  New Year’s Resolution #s 8, 25, 33, 48, etc. for the past few years:  Start a blog!

Well, finally we did… now we just have to remember to actually write in it.

I love the blog:  both the idea of it, and the actuality.  It’s nice to have a forum in which to share thoughts, and to try to write them in a cohesive and concise way — well, concise in a relative manner:  brevity is not my forte.

(I think that’s what I’d like my (eventual) gravestone to read:

“Life is short and so was she… although brevity was not her forte.”)

Yesterday was Christmas.  I always try to watch It’s a Wonderful Life  at least once each holiday season, and I’m still moved to tears every time.  Remembering that each of us has an impact upon others, and on the planet, that we may not always realize — that’s a good idea.

My religion has a different holiday instead, one of much smaller stature in religious significance.   I think I’m a bit unusual in my next statement:  I just don’t feel neglected on Christmas.  I don’t feel lonely or excluded:  it simply isn’t my holiday!  Sometimes I watch the holiday Mass and on TV,  just to appreciate the beautiful singing and ceremony.  I like imagining my Christian friends celebrating with their families, and the warmth of the fireplace, the turkey or whatever, the gifts and the merriment.  

But as for myself:  I just love the solitude!   Maybe I’ll go see a holiday movie; maybe I’ll simply curl up and read a good book.  There’s nothing like lighting a few scented candles,  putting on some good music, wrapping one’s self in an afghan, drinking hot cider, sipping hot soup, and reading:  yay!!  There’s nothing like watching the snow fall outside and being glad you’re inside.  Nothing like enjoying the peace-on-earth feeling, and feeling peace within one’s self.  It’s a gift, this holiday, this slowing-down time.

Christmas eve, a neighbor and I went to see Slumdog Millionaire.  Upon first glance, this may not seem to be a good holiday choice:  there is violence and much sadness and grief.  BUT:  it’s a movie about the triumph of the human spirit over amazing hardships — hardships that we, in this country, know little about first-hand.  It’s a story where even the tormentors wish the hero well, because he has courage and determination and goodness and decency.  Actually:  it’s a MUST-see movie!

And it reminds me a little of our own nation.  Even with cynicism running rampant, I still believe that most of us cheer for the hero; that we still believe goodness and mercy shall triumph over evil and greed.  Why else would we have elected Obama as our next President?

This is a real time of hope.  It’s time for new resolutions, for self-assessment.  Maybe progress forward is never so; maybe it’s more one step forward, another back, a few sideways… but then a half-step forward.  Maybe one foot in front of the other, slow and steady and shaking, is the only way.  And even if, at year’s end, we’re not as far along as we’d hoped… well, as long as we’re still walking that path and trying and hoping, maybe that’s an accomplishment all the same.

I still have many subjects I’d like to rant about — hey, politics in Illinois, what can I say? — but at least for today, I just want to offer my thoughts of peace and hope to this world, and to all of you (any of you?) who may be reading.

😉

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December 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm 4 comments


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