I apologize for the lack of artsy-ness in this blog post. Being a worker in the healthcare field, I had to work today. It was VERY quiet - and I took the opportunity to reflect.
First of all, I want to give a huge SHOUT OUT to all my brothers and sisters who are working during their holidays. I'm talking about healthcare workers, law enforcement members, fire fighters, retail clerks and the countless other folks who have to work at lightning fast speed to contend with the masses and the not-so-goodwill of the season eminating from their fellow human beings. The next time you are in line at the grocery store or waiting in the emergency room during a busy time - try to take a deep breath and thank the people who are taking care of you and not able to be with their families. A smile, a thank you and especially a HUG goes a long way.
My second thought is on the use of the phrase "Happy Holidays". I'm not going to go into my beliefs - they are somewhat convoluted and most of all, they are mine. But I have to comment on the somewhat "forbidden" use of the words "Merry Christmas".
If memory serves me correctly, the United States of America was first populated by folks looking to escape religious persecution. By forbidding Christians to use the words "Merry Christmas" - what's next? Devote Jews will be forced to work on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Pagans and Wiccans will be arrested for the celebration of Samhain, Ramadan will be banned for all those of Islamic faith, Ancestor Day will not be allowed for our Buddhist brethren, and so on. DO NOT MESS WITH A PERSON'S FAITH! I believe with all my heart that a person's relationship with their faith is a personal journey and one that is sacred and precious.
Bottom line - to all my Christian brothers and sisters, have a very Merry Christmas!
Blessings to one and all - no matter what you believe.