Last Saturday I went shopping in a big store (Target) in Redwood City quite early in the morning.
It was a good time to be there, as things were pretty quiet before the inevitable rush later in the day.
It was also really warming to see a few young kids (with their early-bird parents) bright-eyed and excited about Christmas.
It made me think, of course, that as we grow up, this time of year can take on many colours, particularly when you’re someone who is susceptible to the slings and arrows of outrageous emotion.
When I look back through my diaries, I remember that there have been some good Christmases, but I’ve also my fair share of blue ones.
Fortunately I find myself in a good place just now, but that doesn’t stop me recalling less happy years.
So if I could send a message back in time, what might “OK Jon” say to “Blue Jon” of Christmases past?
I think I’d want to reassure him but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
I think I’d want to remind him that he is loved and needed.
And I think I’d want to reason with him that Christmas week *is* just a week, and Christmas Day *is* just a day.
So if you’re not feeling so great right now, please try to let it pass, and it will.
Here’s to a peaceful, gentle, and calm time for you.
Try to find moments to just live in the moment.
Let it be.
OK, I’m going to give us both a break from emails over the next week – you a break from reading them, and me a break from writing and posting them, if you don’t mind.
Let’s agree therefore, to meet again next year. Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday January 4th, 2017.
Until then, here’s to you.
Have a happy Christmas.
And, let’s all hope, a happier new year.