The Recovering Farmer

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Connected Christmas

When I look back at my latest posts I find a common theme. Connection. In fact 4 out of the last 6 reference connection. Connection with others is important. This particular time of year provides an opportunity for connection. Whether with family, friends, church or community, connection happens. I know of many situations where this time of year will be heart wrenching for many. A loved one passed on, relationships that have been broken, financial stress, ongoing health concerns. As much as that saddens me I get it. I recall in Christmas’ past an uncle who often times had tears in his eyes when carols were sung. Never knew why. I have come to an understanding of that. I have experienced the same. Through that I have come to the realization that Christmas is a time of reflection. What was and what might have been.

A poem I have used in the past still resonates with me. Seldom does that poem come to mind during the year but each Christmas it again comes to mind and I enjoy it all over again. So I am going to post it here, again, in hopes that it too can bring some thoughts of peace and comfort to you. Make it a good one.

Put your problems on probation
Run your troubles off the track,
Throw your worries out the window
Get the monkeys off your back.
Silence all your inner critics
With your conscience make amends,
And allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

Call a truce with those who bother you
Let all the fighting cease,
Give your differences a breather
And declare a time of peace,
Don't let angry feelings taint
The precious time you have to spend,
And allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!

Like some cool refreshing water
Or a gentle summer breeze,
Like a fresh bouquet of flowers
Or the smell of autumn leaves,
It's a banquet for the spirit
Filled with family, food and friends,
So allow yourself some happiness
It's Christmas time again!
Bob Lazzar-Atwood

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