Dec 25 2008

‘Tis the Season

Published by at 12:18 pm under Global Economy,US Economy

“What is Christmas?  It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”  – Agnes M. Pharo

 

Probably like you I am feeling slightly more subdued this Christmas.  This is not to suggest that I am not hopeful or that I don’t have much to be grateful for.  I realize that I am far better off than much of humanity and I feel blessed to have a great family, my health, a home, a job, etc.  At the same time this has been a sobering year for most Americans – present company certainly included.  All I have to do is check the value of my stock portfolio and suddenly a wave of queasiness washes over me.  The financial tsunami that has reached nearly every corner of the world by now started here in the good ole U.S. of A.  Our collective greed and short-sighted foolishness has at least temporarily knocked us way below the lofty position we enjoyed for so long.  As a student of history I know we can come out of this in a better place and I firmly believe we will.  For now we must deal with our mess by remaining optimistic, working hard to truly add value in whatever we do for a living, and helping as many others as we possibly can.

 

What is my point in saying all this?  Well I just want to spread the news that we are all on this ride together – now probably more than ever in the history of mankind.  So on this one day in the year of our Lord 2008, I suggest you push all this mess aside and find a reason to think about the meaning of Christmas.  A baby was born in a manger over 2,000 years ago and he grew into a man that would change the world forever.  He wanted us to care for one another and be willing to forgive.  He also made it quite clear that it is far more important to give than to receive.

 

Merry Christmas.  Peace on Earth and good will to all men.  May this day be the beginning of a brighter future for us all.

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “‘Tis the Season”

  1. Tallison 26 Dec 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you. Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Melissaon 26 Dec 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Wow! Well said and so true! I am going to add you to my blog list as you are quite the impressive writer. It has been very interesting reading your thoughts and opinions on our current world situation.

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