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‘Tis the season for kinder and gentler December 19, 2010

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in Personal Observations.
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Christmaspigccbyshallowend Ok—we all know it’s the winter holiday time of year—no matter which particular holiday you choose to celebrate. I like to think of the holidays as a time to light the darkness that is with us (at least in the northern hemisphere.If you’re reading this in Australia—hope you’re enjoying your bright summer days.) Lighting up the darkness is a primal human need and no matter how sophisticated we believe we have gotten, we still fear the darkness on some level.

The winter solstice is on December 21st—the shortest day of the year. Well, we say that but I guess we really mean it’s the shortest daylight of the year. I digress…love to do that. However, darkness can be literal or metaphorical. Most of us know quite a bit about how to light up the darkness in a literal way. But I’ve been thinking about lighting up the darkness metaphorically. And while there are many ways to do that, I’d like to suggest one that seems to fit in with the spirit of the season.

How about you give the rest of the world a break? Take a break from judgments, innuendo, criticism, and rolled eyes. I know, I know…that can be a challenge. But I for one am going to give it a shot. Maybe you’d like to as well. I warn you though, it will sneak up on you in a heart beat. One minute you’ll be full of good will and the next you’ll be fantasizing about throttling that person who is oh-so-annoying.

Here’s where intention comes in. I intend to drop negative judgments of other people until after Christmas. (I figure if I set the bar low I can raise it later.) I know that 100% is a real stretch goal, however I intend to see it as possible. And with that in mind I’ll definitely do better at it than if I did not articulate my intention. As I write this I am thinking of a certain individual who is so pushing my buttons at the moment and whom I would really like to exclude from this declaration. But no, I am standing firm.

Why make this declaration at all? I feel better when I am not finding fault with others. I feel as though I’m the person that I want to be.

What do you think? Want to take this on?

No matter how you plan to spend the holidays, I hope that they are full of light, literal and metaphorical, and bushels of inner joy.

—Amara

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