My favorite holiday is almost here! Christmas was, is and always will be my favorite holiday. No not because of the present (though that is a nice touch) it is because of the spirit of Christmas. If that doesn’t make sense then I am sorry to say you don’t have it…the Spirit that is. But that is easy to get some Christmas spirit, just open your heart and be kind to someone, that is a great start. You never know you might like it! Well that was random, it has been a very long week, I just wanted to take a moment and wish all my readers (regardless of your religious persuasion) a Merry Christmas!
I practice High-Tech Security:
I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three!
While this is meant as a joke, there is a lot of common sense in this approach which is something most people forget when thinking of security or problem solving in general.
This post is a bit stream of consciousness and a bit reflection. I was out Christmas shopping today, people were pleasant enough but not once did anyone say Merry Christmas, not once did anyone say Happy Holiday’s, it was kind of sad. It didn’t make me sad, it just seemed sad. Have we become so disconnected or are we so afraid of offending someone? I wished everyone a Merry Christmas that I spoke with today and the majority reacted surprised but happy. The only note of Christmas Spirit I have seen so far has been in two Salvation Army red bucket collectors. One was so filled with the Spirit of Christmas that he still has me smiling more than a day later. Why? He was standing in the cold, singing Christmas/Religious songs, opening the door for people and wishing them a good day. He had such an impact I almost wonder if he was an Angel to be able to impart such goodwill in such a casual way. I hope everyone gets to experience that this season, but it will never happen if we don’t share a little cheer with each other. Then while reflecting on these happenings I saw this video (see below) which has nothing to do with Christmas, it is actually an advertisement, it does give pause to the idea that even the smallest gesture can have an enormous impact.
Remember that Merry Christmas is not reserved for the day or so around Dec. 25th, it the greeting we use during this season to say hello and goodbye, to help us remember the reason for the season and to spread good cheer.
May the Blessing of this season be upon you, Merry Christmas.
This is a day should be remembered by everyone but especially Martial Artists as a reminder to always be vigilant.
A friend of mine is going through a very difficult time. It is hard watching someone deal with a crisis in their life when there isn’t a lot you can do for them but be there for them as a friend. I’ve been thinking about this fact for the past week and wondering if there was something else I could do, sadly there doesn’t seem to be. But maybe I can help them and others in a way by exploring my thoughts and feeling surrounding the word Crisis.
Our English word “crisis” comes from the Greek word krisis, which means “opportunity.”
No one wants to deal with a crisis in their life, it is never pleasant regardless of the cause. Crisis’s come in many different forms, those we cause ourselves and those that are thrust upon us. Some are the result of our own actions while others fault of our own. The form and the cause mean little when you are dealing with a crisis. When in crisis the only goal is to emerge from the crisis intact. I think that is where the “opportunity” part comes in that the Greek root speaks to. Many time we do not control any part of the crisis we are dealing with, what we do control is how we handle the crisis. How we handle (or deal with) a crisis is the where the opportunity comes in, because in dealing with a big or small crisis we have a chance to grow. A crisis can crush our self-worth and self-esteem, but it can equally impart a new belief in ourselves.
More to come…