Festivities abound. The year wanes and whether we have much to celebrate or not, there still exist many opportunities for mirth.
If the historic birth of a long promised Jewish boy warms your spiritual self then allow me to wish you the Merriest of Christmases. If your family and faith regards more senior Jewish celebrations, then may I respectfully wish you a Happy Hanukkah. African celebrations of the early winter season your thing – then I wish for you a great Kwanza celebration. And let us not overlook the winter solstice. Many, many choices.
If you are female, I would wish for you more respect and peace as you live your life on this male dominated planet. If you are male, I wish for you as I wish for myself, some inspiration to allow those of our kindred gender a bit more space, more respect, more compassion. We needn’t be about pity on this issue. Fairness should suffice. Whether a little girl, a sister, a daughter, a mother or a wife, the females in our lives deserve better than they’ve gotten.
If you’re a comedian making a living here in the U.S. poking fun at politicians… you have had a grand year. How could it get any better?
If you’re a politician here in the U.S. – well, perhaps we could be about pity on this one. Perhaps pity is not the right fit… but I’m hard pressed to think of some different feeling I might offer. Pay your taxes like the rest of us; don’t give human rights to non-human entities. And you might do well to earn some respect rather than assume it is owed to you.
Giving gifts is a common behavior this time of year. A few days ago, having finally wrapped up the year’s long and drawn out harvest, I sat to record a couple of thoughts that bounced around inside me. It all ended up in a sort of verse. So as my gift to your patience in reading this far – some thoughts on life with weather, death, trust, and love:
As I write this a rain falls gently
As it rains the earth wets slightly
Fog, drizzle, and snows
Drought, so it goes.
Life breathes as the weather changes
Death comes – and it rearranges
Trust each other, an effort make
Help a neighbor, for all our sake
Change can test us, right or wrongly
Love can guide us, now and strongly