As the year comes to a close I pray we can take the time to value our blessings. We are blessed to be alive to enjoy the opportunities life presents to us as gifts such as companionship, friendship and love of others. I for one can easily fall into the trap of concentrating my efforts and valued time on attempting to resolve procrastination or selfish behavior demonstrated by others that negatively impacts me and my family. Deep down my common sense lets me know it is a wasted effort since I don’t have any control over others poor actions or decisions. I can also easily work twenty-four seven since I enjoy my work. I therefore attempt to pay attention to my work-life balance to help prevent leaving little or no time for family, friends and enjoying the wonderful holiday season.
In today’s world with many distractions and busy schedules I feel, without proper planning, the holidays could easily pass us by, thus, missing out on the joy of the season. I believe the true importance of the season is to remember what should be my priority in life, which is my wife Kathy, enjoyment of family and friends, as well as performing my very best at my place of employment. Also assisting in the community and the less fortunate is an important priority.
During this time of year one reflection that always comes up for me is listening to a song called Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms. I remember listening to this cheerful song daily during this time of year while I laid in a hospital bed in 1999 in wishful anticipation of leaving the hospital. I was told the song Jingle Bell Rock played from an electronic singing and dancing Santa Claus. I say I was told because I went completely blind suddenly during this hospital stay and could not see the dancing Santa Claus with my physical eyes , therefore I imagined this happy scene in my mind’s eye. This dancing Santa Claus brought joy and happiness to all within listening range of the joyful person who owned the Santa and played it often. As I laid in my hospital bed I would listen to the elderly man talk, telling stories of his joyful life and experiences to his many visitors from his nearby hospital room. This allowed me to get to know him virtually over the days. From listening to him, his visitors, the nurses and doctors I learned sadly as much as they tried, the doctors could not cure or stabilize his medical condition and he was dying. Although he was aware of his situation and was in considerable pain and discomfort his passion for happiness was contagious to all around him. Every time I heard the dancing Santa sing or this man talk so enthusiastically it put a smile on my face and allowed me to feel a sense of tranquility as I laid in my bed. I feel the reason this joyful elderly man was so loved by his many visitors was his positive attitude, his unselfish behavior and his willingness to give to others.
I am extremely grateful to say on December 28, 1999 I was able to leave the hospital after a seven month stay. Actually I was sort of forced to leave since my medical insurance which I was fortunate to have at the time had exceeded the limit. Although I did not have medical insurance when I left the hospital still in need of treatment, in debt from the many bills from the hospital stay, I felt extremely blessed, joyful and grateful to get another chance at life. As I left the hospital I knew I would never forget the positive and joyful person who provided happiness to all by allowing everyone around him to experience his contagious passion for life and his joyful dancing and singing Santa Claus.
I hope as we celebrate the holidays and conclude the year we can all enjoy the holidays, prioritizing our actions where we truly feel they should be valued and placed in our hearts. Helping the less fortunate and the disabled I feel should be a part of our priorities whenever possible, since this group of people may not always ask for assistance although they can usually use the extra help. – I know from experience. I also feel to help keep positivity in our life we should not think and act selfishly. We should instead demonstrate kindness, equality and think of others when taking unfair actions. Enjoying the simple gifts of life is very important, like the dancing and singing Santa Claus. I also hope if you are like me and are experiencing obstacles and challenges which you have little or no control over you can learn to accept the losses and move on no matter how much you are hurting or experiencing inequalities.
Do you have any experiences to share or suggestions to help us with any of the points I noted above? Any other thoughts or comments to help us enjoy the holidays and the closing of the year with passion for life and caring for all?
I look forward to hearing your valuable thoughts and comments to help us have the most wonderful holiday season ever!
Global Dialogue Center