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07:07 am: Merry Christmas

What Christmas means to me:

* Taking time to show family and friends that you love and treasure them.

* Enjoying foods, candies, music, and other cultural traditions that go back well beyond my childhood. Even, yes, the children running around dressed up like little elves.

* Unpacking a growing lifetime of memories of this particular season. People here, people gone.

* Considering my life in context. My incredible good fortune, my potential, my accomplishments in the past year.

* Considering what “hope for the world” might really mean. For all the bad things in the news, I have great hope for the coming year.

To all my friends and family: Know that I’m thinking of you – and if you want to give me a present, do this kind thing for yourself: Take a moment of stillness. Appreciate that it’s okay to be okay. It’s okay to feel (if only in your heart, at first) kindness and compassion for yourself.

Merry Christmas.

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.

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