Monday, December 19, 2011
Right now, I'm betting a lot of you are like me and trying to get everything done on that long pre-Christmas to-do list. I've been worrying about having the house back in shape in time (we've been doing some redecorating and things always get worse before they get better), what to fix for Christmas dinner, making sure I have gifts for everyone, wrapping the gifts, sending out cards, etc. etc. Much of the time, all this seems really important. Then, this morning a co-worker came in to work in tears because she heard on the radio that one of her former students was killed in a car accident. Our thoughts immediately went to his family and what they must be going through. Then you start thinking about other friends who've recently lost loved ones, and families who are having to do without, and you start to get a new perspective on things. Reality check! Suddenly, you are reminded that the house, the gifts, the menu, the cards...none of that really matters. Friends, family, and loved ones--they are what matters, this time of year, and all year. Although we all know this, we do tend to take each other for granted and sometimes it takes a tragedy to be reminded that Christmas is not about material things. Christmas is about love, forgiveness, and hope. Let's all remember to keep things in perspective and remember the reason for the season.