Another Christmas season upon us….How did that happen?? Seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year and now we’re about to see it off. Well, good riddance, I say to 2016 because its brought nothing but heartache, rifts, and life-altering change to the world around me as I once knew it. Some may say that is wishing my life away, but at this point in time, I don’t care. I just want this year to be over with hopes that 2017 will bring brighter days.
My sweet Grandmother once warned me that I would get to a point that life would go by so fast I couldn’t keep up with it. And as usual, she was right. As I get older, fatter, and gray hair threatens to overtake me, I realize the things in life that are the most important to me, and its not what I once thought it to be. Money, fame, and fortune can no buy me the happiness I thought it once could in my younger days ( not that I was ever famous, but hey, one can dare to dream, huh?) . Material things come and go, but family and friends are forever. There is no amount of money that can replace a sweet memory, and that’s the truth.
If you don’t believe me, ask an elderly person who has lived through heartache and loss and let them tell you. In the end, it’s those you care about the most you remember. Not some fancy car, expensive outfit, or lavish lifestyle. Those are just temporary distractions. Don’t let them become permanent. People with loads of money seem to have problems that money can’t fix, so with that being said, I’d like to stay on the other side of that fence.
We all seem to want what we can’t have in life. When we’re young, we want to be older. When we’re old, we wish to be younger. The grass is always greener on the other side, I guess. The simple truth is, not many know that the good times in their life were some of the best times until they are gone. No one really seems to think that their loved ones won’t be there to share in joyous occasions one day, or a family squabble may separate the bonds that tie. These kind of things are not just supposed to happen, right? Yet, they do…every single day. And how sad is it when this happens?
For family is a sacred and should hold a timeless bond. Nothing should come before family. And why does family seem to always hurt you so badly anyway? Because it’s the ones you care about the most who cut you the deepest. Sometimes it may be over a trivial argument, and sometimes it gets much worse. Sometimes you can never get it back…yet, sometimes you can. This holiday season, I urge you to reach out to those you love the most and try to repair those cracks in your family ties, for nothing is ever truly broken when it comes to blood. Now, I realize there are some bad situations out there where no repair is even wanted, and family doesn’t always have to be blood.
Make 2017 the year where things begin to turn around for you. Reach out, heal, and then strengthen those bonds that God put in your life for a reason. It all starts with forgiveness, but someone has to make the first move. Make this Christmas one to remember.