Even though I hate Winter, I love the look of the fresh fallen white snow when the trees and grass have been freshly blanketed with God’s frozen miracle. I have to admit, it does slightly, but very briefly get me excited for Christmas. I guess it’s how I grew up so that sentiment is hard to shake. That being said, one snow fall and I’m good to go for the rest of the winter! LOL Driving to work the other day and having just a touch of it on the ground and caressing the trees, brought back those happy memories and fond feelings once more.
That, coupled with the other Holiday decorations and displays I noticed, and the Christmas music playing on the radio all worked their magic and started to fill my heart with joy. By the time I got to work, I was feeling happy and blessed to be alive. My parents had just arrived in town for the Holidays and that too was enough to carry me blissfully through the day.
However, soon reality set in and I realized not everyone was sharing my heart-felt joy and “Peace on Earth.” I was surrounded by the hustle and bustle once again and did not see many happy faces. I began to sink inside annoyed that so many people were just, well….annoying! Finally, however, I did run into someone else who also had that glow about them and I once again felt my spirits soar.
And that’s when I had a “light bulb moment.” It suddenly became clear to me. Other people’s behavior should have no bearing on my happiness. My joy should not be based on their behavior. It needs to come from within me. I alone am responsible for being miserable or choosing to live in harmony. On the flip side of that, I have to wonder how many times has MY poor behavior stolen someone else’s joy? Wow. I had to ponder that thought for a while. I was not proud of myself. Life lesson learned. Treat others like you would like to be treated. Those words really made sense to me that day.
True. It is not always easy to do this. Sometimes people can have a negative impact on us. Conversely, sometimes we can have a negative impact on them. Once we recognize this fact however, I think we can strive to improve who we are as individuals. Instead of giving in to our poor behavior, we can turn it around and chose to positively impact others. We can choose to “grow” and become the people God created us to be.
So this will be my mission for the remainder of the Holiday season. And I challenge all of you to do the same. YOU be the light in the world for others to see. YOU be the positive influence so many others are desperately trying to find. You never know what your positive attitude can do. What a positive impact you could have on others. Focusing in on doing this really could promote Peace on earth and good will to men!