During the Christmas and New Year holiday season it often feels like the world has slowed down to take a collective breath. It's an odd sensation, allbeit a welcome one, because in reality nothing has truly changed its pace. In fact, one might argue that the pressure of the expections that Christmas and New Year celebrations bring with them actually increases the pace of activities.
What the holiday season really does is a magical thing...it helps us to focus on something other than our day to day existance. Even though there may be a frenzy of work and fuss, it is a time that causes us to reflect on life, love, faith, and hope for the future. There is a different mindset generally amongst those we come in contact with...people seem more patient and forgiving. Generosity is more evident and there are more welcoming smiles on the streets.
While it may only be an illusion that the world has slowed down for the end of the calendar year...sometimes illusions are the distraction from reality that gives us a needed gift...a moment to reflect on the good in life.
Best of the season to you all!