Happy new year. Well, the Festive period is behind us and the new year ahead. And it didn’t feel like much of a holiday. That holiday magic, the people magic is missing. The energy that once abounded has been dwindling over the years until now it is absent. The festive season feels like an orchestrated piece with the sales replacing the spirit of the holidays. We are out of alignment with our meaning.
As a society, we can no longer joke about being bored of family and friends. That’s because we have just one day, 25 December, designated as the time for the family to get together.
We use to have two days but somewhere along the way in the recent past, Boxing Day became a commercial day. It’s sales day. So, teenagers are primarily but not exclusively ‘selected’ to work because they are a cheaper source of labour. Companies pay teenagers a lower hourly rate than adults. And as casual labour, employers don’t need to pay time and a half and give time off in lieu. So, the companies make more profit. But it also means that for many of us the family can only meet on the one day. And if you are working or shopping the next day, it’s early to bed.
I hear more people talk about the sales than their lives, hopes and dreams. It is so catching that one child, ‘knee-high to a grasshopper’ was ‘bawling’ in the store. Her complaint? And I quote she ‘needed’ a pink unicorn purse. That only demonstrates how commercialism has replaced our sense of community and consumerism meaning in our lives.
My family agreed on either a £5 limit or no gifts, so we did not feed into the season’s commercialisation. We chose instead to connect with and comfort each other, especially in these times of brittle Brexit. We aligned our consciousness, hopes, dreams and fears, restoring our balance.
And that is what the end of year festive season has been about for 25,000 years. It’s a sacred time for reflection and taking stock of our lives, a new beginning.
However, society has not noticed how consumerism has been ramped up. Somehow we have come to value money over people or see money as the sole currency of our worth. We are indeed out of kilter.
Our acclimatisation is best summed up in the words of the late Dr Bob Moorehead’s The Paradox Of Our Age. Please read, reflect and share. That way we can do something to bring back the magic of the holiday and the magic of people.
The Paradox Of Our Age
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight or to just hit delete…
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. An embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
If you don’t send this to other people….Who will know? – Dr Bob Moorehead
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