I’ve been busy getting ready for the holidays – decorating, shopping, wrapping and enjoying some time with friends too. And amidst all of this fun and festivity, I was reminded of the one year anniversary of Sandy Hook. I was saddened as I realized how hard it must still be for these families to prepare for Christmas missing a loved one. The same can be said for loved ones lost in combat, to car accidents, cancer and so on.
This got me wondering is it fair for me to be happy and joyful when others are just trying to get through it all? Am I being smug with my ‘good’ life and showing off? What is the alternative?
I came to the conclusion that yes it is right to celebrate, to be joyful and to spread cheer. That happiness may rub off or help someone else for a moment forget their own sadness. It is also right to be sensitive to others situation and feelings. If I focus on my health, my family and the opportunities I have not the presents, I am not being smug but being grateful.
This holiday season, I hope all take time to be grateful and spread some good cheer. You never know what that ‘Merry Christmas’ and smile may mean to a stranger having a tough day.