Friday, 28 December 2012
Making A Difference.
I do have an advantage spending Christmas mostly alone. No tolerating 'uncle Bert' who gets increasingly drunk, talks in a very loud voice about his views on politics, religion and the kids these days. One tries to nod their head at the right times. "Yes uncle Bert. Ah those kids these days, eh!" What one really wants to say to him is, "Why don't you shut the f**k up, you opinionated buffoon!" Instead, one grins at him through gritted teeth.
'Granny Good Witch', in the meantime, continues with the theme about the kids these days, how they have no respect and are ever so rude. At this point, Granny Good Witch makes a snarky comment about the state of the home, reaches over the table, grabs the last slice of turkey, finishes of the finest malt whiskey, lets rip with a fart that burns out nostril hairs and then falls asleep in the Christmas pudding.
Nephew Tom and niece Mary, have food fights, smash the antique grandfather clock and torment the family cat. The night of Christmas Day ends up with a traditional family argument where uncle Bert finds out his wife, auntie Mabel, is having an affair with Bert's brother, Fred. Fred, quickly swigs back the last drops of his home made wine and staggers out the front door. Uncle Bert staggers after him down the street and tackles him in front of the police station. They are both arrested and wake up on Boxing Day in a cell wondering how they got there...
Yes, I could of felt sorry about myself being mostly alone on Christmas Day. Instead, I decided to try and make a difference. I knew that many folks do struggle with Christmas Day and I reached out to the sad, the lonely or those who just wanted to chat, anyway. It turned into an inspiring day and I was deeply touched by the interaction that was shared. To direct my focus onto something positive, instead of being overwhelmed by sadness, taught me some valuable lessons. If we do help each other, we really do help ourselves.
There are those who only look for the bad. And thus, all they see is bad when there is goodness right in front of them. I used to be like that. Yet such negativity, ate me up, controlled my life. Now I choose to see the good. What we shared on Christmas Day was a resounding victory for the good in this world.
I looked at the warm, gentle ambience of the flickering candles. The flickering candles, symbolic of a continued better life. Thank you for being here and I will always be there for you.