The festive season has a tendency to bring out the good and bad in all of us. Those feelings of benevolence become amplified once the clock ticks over into December’s sweet Noel. Scenes of goodwill and charity develop into circadian occurrences, as opposed to blue moon incidents. Seemingly with such altruism, it also sees our frustration and stress levels elevated. Ugly scenes like road rage run rife. And we seem to attract those inconveniently oblivious to anyone but themselves. Through such annoyances it is vital we remember that such occurrences in reality are an oddity. And at the end of the day we all have burdens to bear. Rather than focusing on that jerk who cut in line, put more energy into love and just let it go. In truth, not everyone is blessed to be celebrating Noel surrounded by love and laughter. They don’t have the luxury of perusing stores for gifts or creating delectable Christmas lunch menus with soft Noel tunes humming along in the background. Some people find themselves alone this time of year and for some they will be far from home. It’s imperative to remember just how blessed you are and that any small act of kindness can go a long way.
But it’s also crucial to carry such behaviours well into the New Year too. Christmas is indeed a time that sees much merriment and compassion, but these are all attitudes that should be practiced throughout the year and not just exclusively during the month of December. Especially during a time where the world feels erratic and those in power unhinged. Chose love over hate and empathy over intolerance. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a most happiest of Holidays. Whatever and wherever you find yourself, I hope it is brimming with affection and mirth.