My parents have passed away but at Christmas I am reminded of our family traditions. When I was young my mother read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Her message was neither unique nor especially profound. She felt it was important for a small child to understand why Ebenezer Scrooge was so unhappy. He had every…thing as far as material wealth was concerned, but had been miserable for decades.
There are many people today who have a similar outlook. They believe happiness comes from material possessions. They are delaying their happiness until they have a new house, car, job or the improved version of some product. My mother said Scrooge was unhappy not because of a failure to get but to give. She also explained that Christ came down to Earth bringing us new birth.
My parents were instrumental to the happiness of the first half of my life, but they will not know the second half. Their lesson was to find happiness by looking around you. What are your opportunities to give with joy?
This is your best chance to find happiness at midlife. The true spirit of this season reflects a dedication to helping those in need, giving hope to those in despair, and spreading understanding. No matter where we are on the political spectrum, we all want to make this world a better place.
We are doing what we can to effect change. To lift one another up and to bring a better life for all. This is a central message in all religions. In caring for one another we find purpose in life. When we stand for freedom, human rights and those who are less fortunate, we are fighting for each other. “Peace on Earth, and Goodwill Toward Men.” (Luke 2:14)