A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my dear readers.
I find myself in Los Angeles this Christmas for the first time in three years. It will be nice to spend the day with my side of the family before we depart for Germany later in the week. For the first time since I have been married, I’ve actually put up a Christmas tree and decorated my house for Christmas. In years past we have been out of the country or too busy.
Like my friend Brian Cohen, I’m thinking about It’s A Wonderful Life today, the perennial American Christmas classic. The movie hinges upon a life-transforming moment in which George Bailey’s world is turned upside down by an event beyond his control…a mistake by Uncle Billy followed by a dishonest act by a cunning Potter.
Without getting into details, it has been a rough year. Betrayal and dishonesty have turned my world upside down in a way that makes this blog my only source of stability in the busy realm of my business ventures. The humbling thing is that so much of what has happened has been completely beyond my control.
I’m thankful to each one of you who stop by my site, especially those daily readers whom I have come to appreciate so much in the comment sections of each post. This blog remains my creative release, wherever I am in the world. I write as a labor of love, as I have for 10 years.
During this turbulent time, like George Bailey, I am thankful for a loving wife, caring family, and loyal friends to help me through each day. Even more humbling than the setbacks that have afflicted me is how those in my inner circle have rallied around me.
For George Bailey, his friends came to his aide in his darkest hour. I may not yet be to that hour, but I don’t fear the future.
On this Christmas, when we think about another gift to humanity, I am most thankful for the love others have shown to me and continue to pour out upon me on a daily basis, like an inexhaustible well.
Do the same on this day and every day: let’s all show a little love to those around us, especially those in need.