After spending a great festive weekend with family, friends, and a good amount of turkey and roast vegetables, I thought I’d extend my wishes to the rest of the world on this much-needed rainy day in southern Spain.
While we celebrate many landmark achievements worldwide, a lot of us have gone through trying times and even lost loved ones in many of the year’s events, and as 2005 draws to a close we all take the time to think over what we have accomplished, where we are in our lives and what we would like to see happen in the coming months. We should aspire to having food on our tables, drinkable water, a decent roof over our head, good health, the most basic necessities of life. We should look forward to an education, the right to make our own free choices, and the right to even exist. We should be grateful if we have all of these, and try not to worry about the other material things that often cause us great stress and insecurity. Everything else, as we all know deep inside, is fleeting. Often we wrap ourselves up in material elements that take over our lives, drive us in directions we really don’t need to go, forgetting that we are all we need. So when you’ve put all this year’s presents aside, remember that life itself is the greatest gift you have, even if you’re going through a difficult time and can’t see through it.
But this feeling should be there every day of our lives, not just on selected dates because “everyone else is doing it and it’s the Christmas spirit.” After all, not everyone celebrates Christmas, not everyone even knows what it is…
We should call it the Human spirit, because that is our common denominator. And it should be there every day of the year, festive or not.