John Lennon’s lyric’s filled my heart today as I gazed out the restaurant window to see the hectic holiday scene outside … cars racing about parking lots, people in hurried motion and trains going on through.
“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” — Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon
I was resigned to turn away from all this ‘sound and fury’, when I noticed some solitary maple trees, right in front of me. Void of leaves now, they were impressive in their calm, unchanging nature … like silent observers against the busy background. For me, the missing leaves are our memories lost.
What will we remember of our lives years from now? I believe it will be the faces of people who really made a difference – the laughter, the love!
“But of all these friends and lovers, there is no one compares with you.”
— In my Life by The Beatles
The truth for many of us though, is that we worry about things as if they matter, when they don’t. Yet is there anyone who can’t recount some joy at Christmas and those moments of joy that we might have left? Is there any reason not to expect another miracle again this year? Does it not start and end in a spirit of caring and giving?
“You want to save humanity, but it’s people that you just can’t stand.”
— I Don’t Wanna Face it by John Lennon
With just one positive contribution, to serve one another each week in 2011, we will all be in an entirely new place by this time next Christmas.
It’s the best gift we can give to others and to ourselves – you just can’t lose!
“A very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year,
Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.”