Christmas is a time to share with those we love, and who love us.
They may be near and dear – that’s a fine thing. To hold and be held. To look someone in the eye, smile and say, “Thank you for caring.”
They may be far away. A phone call or an email or a postcard away. Maybe as far as the realisation of a shared thought about each other. A smile and a nod and a wink of the mind’s eye.
They may live now only in our memory. Passed on or simply passed out of our life. Take some time to remember the good things shared and be glad of them. Acknowledge but try not to dwell on the moments missed.
Take time to honour and thank the person most loyal and faithful to you. The one who’s put up with your faults and failings, and shared your joys and triumphs every single day since last Christmas. Look in the mirror, even if the view isn’t all you’d like it to be. Look that person in the eye, smile, raise a glass even, and say, “Thanks – I appreciate your being here.”
It’d be nice to do this more than once per year. The messy business of Life gets in the way too often. But Christmas is a time to make that time – to share and acknowledge that love.
Merry Christmas, my friends. Thank you for being here.