fervent wish that every cup may overflow with
blessings." I couldn't think of a better way to
express what I see as the spirit behind Christmas.
To me, it always has been and always shall be about
wishing good for others, about doing what we can to make
their lives a bit more joyful, if only for a day or two or
three. And while we do tend to focus on the material
aspects of giving, even the material gifts come with the
message: "I've thought of you, and I wanted to
do something for you."
It's easy to get turned off by our commercial focus.
It's easy for us to get caught up in the religious aspects
of the holiday and neglect those who don't share the
belief that Jesus was more than just a man. It's
easy to get so focused on what we want as gifts that we
neglect to give much thought to what we give. But as
we spend this day here on this planet today, it's a good
time to concentrate on the wishes of prosperity and
happiness and peace that we have for others.
I do wish you peace. And I wish you a rich, full
life with many, many blessings. And I wish you the
ability and the willingness to see those blessings,
recognize them, and appreciate them, for only when we're
aware of them are blessings truly blessings.
This Christmas, let us be aware of the thoughts and hopes
that we have for others of wonderful, plentiful
blessings. And while we can't provide all those
blessings ourselves--no matter how much we may want
to--the positive thoughts that we have for others are
blessings in themselves.