“Why can’t I have a normal dog like everyone else?” exclaims Charlie Brown after Snoopy comes running down the sidewalk, grabs him and Rerun by the hands, dances around for a bit then throws them in the snow.
“But you’re lucky to HAVE a dog, Charlie Brown!” says Rerun who wants his own dog for Christmas.
How often do we do this? We take for granted what we have, thinking about what could be better or normal, or whatever. We don’t stop to think that the one thing we complain about is the one thing someone else wants. We complain about paying the house note, or want a bigger and better house and forget that’s the one thing someone else wants.
I was Charlie Brown for a bit this Christmas. Only I was saying, ‘Why can’t I buy Christmas gifts for everyone that I want to?” And a few nights ago, it hit me that I couldn’t buy that many because I have so many friends. Isn’t friendship a gift in itself? Only it’s a gift that gives all year, not one day and it’s definitely not anything you can buy in any store. I don’t think anyone ever really says, “Why do I have to have so many friends?” (I have been known to say, “Why can’t I have normal friends like everyone else?” But that’s beside the point.)
Christmas has become so commercialized. In fact, even the questions that we ask each other have even become about the gifts. We ask each other, “Have you gotten your Christmas shopping done?”, “What are you buying so and so for Christmas?” It’s tough sometimes to remember the real reason for the season.
One of my goals for this Christmas is to stop thinking about what I can’t have/buy/don’t have/etc. And think about and treasure the wonderful things that I do have/can buy/can have. I want to embrace the positive and throw out the negative. And that’s not just a goal for Christmas. I think this actually may become one of my New Year’s Resolutions.
My other goal would be to give the gifts of time and friendship all year round next year. There are a few friends I’ve drifted away from that I’d like to reconnect with. And there are friends I have that I want to continue to be there for, to help and support and to continue to make memories with.
After all, isn’t that really one of the things that Christmas is about? Spreading love and cheer? Shouldn’t we do this all year?
I think so.
For now, I’m off to write my 2000 words today, then get started packing. Looks like I have a long drive tomorrow.
Peace, love, and friendship!