Friday, December 23, 2011
A Day of Gratitude and Forgiveness
Christmas is supposed to be a day of giving, but unfortunately it appears to have turned into a day of greed for way too many people. We're encouraged to spend more money then we have on stuff no one really needs. And the holiday has even become for some a symbol of our differences.
So if I had to start over and create a brand new holiday, I would create a Day of Gratitude and Forgiveness. This sounds heavier than it is, but bear with me. I think I might have found something that not even Hallmark can mess up.
On this holiday, you are encouraged to write to people you are grateful to. In your handwritten letter, you detail the many wonderful things they have done for you and how important they are in your life. Some excellent people to include would be your teachers, parents, friends and mentors. They all would love to hear how important they are in your life!
It would become unacceptable to carry a grudge past this day. Not just a grudge against your neighbor for running over your snow shovel, or your ex for ruining your holiday plans--but whole countries would be pressured to move on and forgive each other. No holding onto anger over incidents that date back to the Middle Ages. So Serbs and Croatians, Pakistanis and Indians, Palestinians and Israelis--it's time to forgive and move on. You'll be amazed how powerful you feel. And you'll be way less likely to die in an act of terrorism.
There's a wonderful story in The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy about a Christmas truce during World War I. All the soldiers came out of the trenches and greeted their enemies, sang carols and exchanged gifts. For one day, they were friends and not enemies. But with my new invented holiday, that magic would continue all year round.
Peace! And I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, whatever it may be.