Merry Christmas

The holiday season is often a challenging time for many. We all have our mountains to climb with challenges, and the calendar days knows little of these battles. As this season of holiday cheer nears I’ve asked myself what’s so joyful about my wife having pancreatic cancer and I have 19 stents in my heart, on palliative care?

Yet, this holiday season we are embracing it like no other in the past. We’ve already dug out our decorations, lights, and nutcrackers. There is something empowering about it. We were telling ourselves that nothing was going to interfere with this holiday season. Our personal battles we can look at in two ways. We can wallow in sorrow and self pity or we can stand tall and embrace the things and people in our lives that we are thankful for.

It’s not about the meals and gifts, it’s the people around us that matter most. We have so much to be thankful for! We have a roof over our head, food, medicine, and many amazing friends and family in our lives. So many are less fortunate. These are challenging times for many.

Whatever your battle is we all have this moment to live. Make it count. Don’t fall for all the commercialism of the holidays, celebrate being alive and share this time with the people you love and who love you. Let kindness warm your heart because a smile and hug goes a long ways. We shouldn’t need dates on a calendar to remind us to treat each other nicely. But it is a nice reminder to try and do so each day.

A new year is soon upon us. We are determined to make it a year of renewal and growth. Sometimes we see the most important things in life more clearly and in better focus when the chips are down and hope is more than a four letter word. May everyone embrace this holiday season, and celebrate your traditions in peace. Whether it’s celebrating baby Jesus to Hanukkah. Be kind to others, be kind to yourself. Dig out those decorations, hang the lights, and have a extra special holiday season!