The holidays, they’re here. Ughhhh. Gotta buy the turkey; when do I begin defrosting it? This house in NOT ready for guests, can I reupholster the chairs before Thanksgiving? Can we buy the new couch already so the familla can sit somewhere comfortable?? When do I need to mail the gifts to the kids overseas, do I have to buy gifts at all, I can’t stand all this pressure, aaagghhhh, it feels like a Charlie Brown Christmas, I’m not even Christian!!
WHAT DO I DO?
Remember who you are.
Oh yeah. Remember who I am.
A spark of God lives, in me. There’s a core inside there. A warm, cozy core. A column of light connecting me to All That Is. I’m in this world but not of it. And yet, my body is made of the same stuff as stars. I am light, I am the love of God, a child of divinity. We all are.
Regardless of Faith, It’s About Family and Friends
Yes, I remember. That’s what this season is about. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu… there’s a pull we all feel around this time to go within, to connect with the warmth and love of family and friends, and to reach out and lend a hand, an ear, a heart, to those less fortunate than we. “It is not your responsibility to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.” (Pirkei Avot 2:21). Do you have some extra fruit in your refridge?
Live for others
Take it with you, and the next time you encounter a homeless man or woman, offer it to them. We can’t solve all the hunger problems in the world, but we can lighten the load of one hungry person now, even if only a bit. Rabbi Hillel says (also quoted in Pirkei Avot, 1:14), “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” This is the time to reach within, and reach without, and experience the Light of God, the warmth of love, the joy of giving.
No matter who we are, we all are capable of making our world a better place, with our generosity of spirit, our acts of loving kindness, and our faith that in the midst of the deepest darkness, there is light somewhere around the corner, closer than we think.
This holiday season, take the time to Remember Who You Are.