Love In a Big World: Christmas beliefs

December 12th, 2016

I love Christmas…and Christmas movies. My kids and I spent much of last weekend cuddled up on the couch enjoying family and films. Tim Allen’s Santa Claus movies, the classic cartoon The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Year Without A Santa Claus with Heatmiser and Coldmiser and It’s A Wonderful Life are some of our favorites. One of the lines from Polar Express really hit home. The Conductor said, “Sometimes seeing is believing, and sometimes believing is seeing.” 

I’ve spent the last twenty years of my life teaching, writing, speaking and singing about things that cannot be seen. Courage, standing up for what is right, does not come in a cereal box at the grocery store. I can’t take a vitamin for Honesty, speaking and acting truthfully. Kindness, treating others the way I want to be treated, is not machine-washable like my favorite pair of jeans.

But these ideals are real. I have experienced first-hand the power of Forgiveness, letting go of anger over a wrong. Respect, valuing myself and others, and Responsibility, owning what I do and say, have changed my life. These intangibles have made every day more tangible.

As Renee Descartes wrote, “Cogito, ergo sum”. The translation from Latin to English is “I think, therefore I am.” What I think…what I believe…shapes who I am. So when my son asked me a few years ago if I still believe in Santa, I answered with an emphatic “Yes.” Why? Because I believe in a world of giving and receiving. I believe in faith, hope and love…in a big world.

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