We appreciate very much the fact that many of you have found time to visit us on Christmas Eve, stealing away a minute or two from your families and/or friends and/or the persons you’re forced to spend time with who technically fall into neither category.
So we wanted to pause for a minute and wish all of you a Merry Christmas. We realize that all of you don’t celebrate Christmas, but we think it’s an appropriate expression of the sense of peace and goodwill that overtakes most if not all of us for 24 to 48 hours in late December of every year.
All is calm and all is bright, whether we like it or not. So we may as well like it.
We hope you choose to like it, and we hope you experience joy and fulfillment in your lives, not only over the next day or so but periodically throughout the coming year.
We’re not so naive to think that you’ll feel it every day. But we are sufficiently naive to believe that our spirits receive a charging of the batteries at this time of the year, which helps carry us through the next 12 months. So take full advantage of it. Tell the folks you love how you feel. Try to fix a broken relationship or two. Count your blessings and meditate or pray (if so inclined) about the person you are, and the person you perhaps want to be.
And also take some time to think of the people who, due to illness or isolation or other hardships, will feel even worse at this time of year. For many, there’s no way that sense of peace and goodwill can permeate their lives at the present time.
OK, enough of the sappy stuff. I’m off to feast on shrimp, lasagna, maybe a little wine, and maybe a lot of cake. When I think tonight about the special year we’ve had here at PFT, I’ll think warmly of everyone who made it all possible. And if you’re reading this, you’re definitely one of them.
So much for knocking off the sappy stuff.