On our planet there seems to be a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. There is more division in politics, in religion, nationalism, and this intense polarization seems to be creeping into our personal lives too. I hope for myself, for my Christmas present to myself, that I can erase some of those invisible lines and think more holistically. I hope that I can personally not waste money, time and effort on things that are really in the end, not important and place some of that energy into something bigger. I just want to take a big breath, and reflect.
The evening news and mainstream media if filled with news about how hard it is to go shopping. Think about that focus, and the power of the news. The media is full of facts on the effect on the national or world economy of the Christmas seasons financial numbers. Think about that focus and the power of the news. All the largest companies focus a whole year on this week, and on selling things of little real value to humanity or to the poor, and sold to a public that is now losing site of the real priorities in life, and the real meaning of Christmas. Think about that focus and the power of the large corporations and their lack of caring of humans and their real focus, profit. Profit is not a bad thing for a company, but we need to look after ourselves, and look at what is and is not important in this world, and the companies can look after themselves and provide what is important to us.
In my head and in my heart I know that people are all the same. We all basically want the same things. There are so many factors that shape our lives, thoughts and our actions that are outside of our control, but we have to resist the pull of polarization, exclusion and of negativity. This is a season of celebration, giving, and spirituality. Although I may not be Catholic anymore, as my parents were, and as I started out in my life, I am still spiritual, and that is much more important to me. If we can appreciate our planet, if we can all call upon the most divine goodness in our hearts, our most loving actions in our hands, and our most thankful thoughts in our heads, it will be a much better holiday season for ourselves and all the people around us.
Be kind, have fun, and remember what this holiday was originally for,