Let’s take a Christmas break.

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.

19 thoughts on “Let’s take a Christmas break.

  1. Happy Karen sending Merry Christmas wishes to you too Jon, and thinking goodly thoughts for everyone else…and remember the chefs out there…Christmas lunch is just Sunday roast with Christmas crackers!

  2. Just wanted to thank you, from the heart, for your constancy. And wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with love and connections.
    You make a difference and what could be more fulfilling than that?

  3. Hello Jon, your e mails are great reminders of the warmth of humanity. Thank you for your regular messages. I wish you a content break and best wishes for the year ahead 🙂

  4. Here’s to you Jon – thank you for all the hard work you have put in on our behalf over the last year – it is truly, truly appreciated…….. X

  5. A big thank you from me in the UK! I look forward to your posts and want to congratulate you for the stability and good thoughts that your posts bring to so many people world wide. May your Christmas be full of awareness, aliveness and peace. I wish the same to all of those who receive your posts.

  6. Dear Jon,
    this year I’m lucky too. Most of the fuss has already been prepared. I also have seen the empty shopping malls in the mornings as I tried to go there anti cyclic if possible. I also had a very happy situation in the post office this week, taking a break from office at 11 a.m. and a short walk there. The queue was only 2 people, a situation I haven’t had for years. And you’re right, it’s only *a* week or *a* day. Some people around have their load to carry and I try to give them strength for the days to come.
    Thanks for being there for us so constantly and so wise and happy and healthy days!
    Marc from Germany

  7. Happy Christmas Dear Jon!
    Thank you so very much for the love that you pour into your work and distribute freely throughout the world, every message seems to be written so personally that I think everyone who receives the newsletters can account for a meaningful friend in their lives (I certainly do!). As one amazing being once said and it has been repeated many times, “the best way to uplift our own lives, is to do all we can to uplift the lives of others”. Thank you for being, for me, a living example of living by this principle! I value these e-mails I get a lot for this inspiration. Valeria, from Ukraine

  8. Happy Christmas John, and I hope 2017 is as successful for you as 2016 appears to have been. Take care!

    Andrew James

  9. Dear Jon, your comments ring so true. This is a good time to just be, to live in the moment and find peace. You are needed but you also deserve a well earned break – I’m rather envious of the California sunshine – so see you in the new year! Thank you for all your hard work this year and stay strong. You are an inspiration.

  10. Dear Jon,
    Thank you for all your posts this year. As always they remind me on my blue days I’m not alone. I still use Moodscope every day as I have done for the past seven years and it keeps me on the straight and narrow. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and new year.

  11. Thank you for the tiny message that offered a massive mood boost regularly throughout this year! I’ve just ordered myself nudge your way to happiness for the new year!

  12. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I have loved reading your posts and they have often made a bad day a little better. I look forward to them because I never know which ones will speak to me in such a way that they become essential to my life journey and end up saved in my Moodnudges file. Your book is one of my New Year’s resolutions.
    For all the work you put in all year long, THANK YOU! It is deeply appreciated.

  13. Thank you Jon for your inspiring messages. I don’t always read them on the day you post them so on days when I need a bit of a ‘nudge’ or if I’m feeling low,it’s great to know I can read your words and not feel so alone.
    Enjoy this week with your loved ones and have a well earned rest.
    A very Happy Christmas 😊
    And I look forward to reading your words in 2017

  14. Merry Christmas Jon, enjoy your well deserved break, I am glad that you are currently “OK Jon” , that is very good news.

  15. Have a merry Christmas and a fantastic new year, Jon. Thank you for the moodnudges. They have been helpful and appreciated.

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