January 5, 2013 by David
A few weeks ago I was reading through some blogs I follow when I found an article talking about Christmas. The author described his family’s various Christmas traditions and his favorite memories of the holiday. Overall it was a very warm and happy story for the season. In scrolling to the bottom of the page, I came across a very beautiful and pure comment. It said, “I still see the hope in Christmas. I’m ready, in these days, to anticipate joy, and to celebrate. To believe.”
People don’t see enough of this type of statement in the world. They turn on the news and see death and dismay, heartbreak and hopelessness, but they don’t see faith. They don’t see unconquerable joy. And, in my opinion, that is one of the greatest tragedies of our time.
It is very easy to look at problems (be they yours or someone else’s) and complain, throw up your arms and say “I quit!” That sort of pecimism runs rampant in our society. But by putting these words on display for the whole world to see – you can reverse that trend. Everyday you have the opportunity to be positive, to be a bright and shining beacon to a world covered in darkness. That is your power. And it is also your responsibility.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes, by Carlos Castaneda: “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”
Choose happiness, for yourself — and for the world. Call it a New Years resolution.