I'm a little early with my greetings, but as next Friday is Christmas Eve, I may not be around as much as usual, depending on how things go, so for safety's sake I wanted to take the opportunity to post my Christmas message in plenty of time.
For those of you who celebrate the season, I hope we will all get through this rather strange time of threatening restrictions with a little happiness, and I hope that those who can't or don't celebrate, will allow us our couple of days of midwinter merriment and often the madness that Christmas turns out to be.
I had to wrack my brain though to come up with a Christmas message which takes account of the difficulties surrounding the festive season once again. 'Merry Christmas' alone doesn't entirely cut it, with so many worries swirling around us generally at present.
In the end I decided on something that's really not connected with Christmas at all. It's the few last lines from Max Ehrmann's prose poem, Desiderata, and somehow it just seems to fit the situation.
'Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. ' Max Ehrmann, (1927)
For all of you, carers, cared-for, and for anyone who is a member of this community, please be happy and safe and may you have many blessings in the coming year of 2022.
Your Christmas card, pictured above, comes partially from a photo posted on HealthUnlocked by Jerry Hart, one time Administrator of several of the groups here.