It’s a strange time of year for many people. A moment where families gather to celebrate….
But what exactly are we celebrating?
For most of the western world the festive period has been turned into a frenzy of gifts, indulgent food, alcohol and strange family ‘traditions’.
If find this odd and in stark contrast to what Christmas Day celebrations are supposed to be about according to the Christian faith – the birth of a man known as Jesus, approximately 2000 years ago.
Certainly his appearance on the planet has made a huge impact since that time. For good and bad. I say that because the interpretation of his teachings by man has caused significant and long lasting harm.
The essence of his teachings however are filled with love and truth.
So I’m pondering…
What if people decided to put just 1% of the energy that is directed towards celebrating Christmas into living the principles of love?
Towards treating our neighbours as equals, with love?
To revering their humanity as our own?
Across all colours, genders and countries?
There is so much pressure to maintain traditions that don’t make sense or have zero moral foundation, and not just at this time of year. Most of these ‘traditions’ are not ‘ours’ but passed along from our ancestors and enter us by default.
It’s ok to question the default. It’s ok to desire something different.
But I’m not going to lie, it’s going to take a huge dose of courage. There will be a forcefield of energy attempting to suck you back in. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it though. It usually means you should.
So even directing just 1% of our energy to living in truth, love, humility and faith….That really would be a cause for celebration.
Don’t you think?
Breathe the change you wish to see in the world.