Merry Christmas everyone! It has been the time for Christmas spirit as well as that time of year when we all try just a little harder to be a little nicer. Just as so many other things in our lives, it is a good reminder that in order to change the world we must first begin with the belief that we can, and then act upon it. It is not much different than the Christmas season itself.
You may not believe in Santa Claus, but to act as if you do doesn’t hurt. Santa Claus embodies the potential that we have as individuals. The hard part of potential is that it takes time, more than a season of cheer has to spare. But it is well worth it. But that is perhaps the worth of believing in Santa: we can better ourselves for reasons other than selfish ones.
Perhaps Christmas reminds us that our dreams do not have to be forgotten; that our goals do not have to go unsung. Christmas reminds us that failure is an option, but never for long. The Christmas spirit is that spirit that we all have in those unfortunately few moments when we forget ourselves and the typical cash and consumerism motivations that we often do not realize define us.
While some of us cannot be with family, we can maintain our Christmas spirit by remembering that family is not always blood relatives and that friends are friends even if they are far away. And so, I raise a glass of my favorite Islay to those I cannot be with tonight, and wish those as well as everyone else little bit of happiness in their lives, as much as there is room for!