Life’s been hectic lately but not just because of the holidays. Oh, yes, my brother is flying home from Africa for Christmas, my grandparents are gracing our home for the holiday, and we have a bunch of presents to wrap and cards to write. I look in the mirror and wonder what I’ve done to still be awake the next day, ready to do the entire cycle over again. And no, it’s not the client who took two months to pay me almost five hundred dollars for work I did back in August (what a cornucopia of money that was! And a nice end of year gift for taxes)! Neither is it a family member who had another part of their body go haywire and ended up in urgent care and finally an emergency visit down to Pasadena to try to get some semblance of stability and sanity before the holiday rush. It’s those little things that creep up that make you want to pull out your hair sometimes. I feel like I’m looking into a kaleidoscope that never ends.
And then you turn on the news to try to relax and find out the guy who shot up Planned Parenthood shouted in court today that he was guilty and that PP sucks! He then shouted during the gag order phase that the unborn babies killed at that place should be on the gag order too. It just makes you want to cringe because most conservatives (and even most people) aren’t that crazy. Or the people who shot up a city run place in San Bernandino (the closest such violence has been to your home) and never gave their family any cause to worry, masking their violent backgrounds until just the right time. Or a President who finally says we’re going to go after terrorism after acting like a pacifist until our country got close to another 9/11.
Where is the peace, the quiet, the beauty? We need more good American stories of family, faith, and freedom.
As we enter this holiday season of Hanukkah and Christmas, may we find ways to bring hope to others, to love those important to us, and to settle differences amicably and maturely. Look in the mirror and ask yourself how you want to live each day–how you can help your community, your state, and your country.
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