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December 11, 2014

Think About It: That Time Of Year

As we approach the magic 12 days of Christmas, feelings of excitement and good tidings become more prevalent and intense. Gifts are passed around, thanks are given, people are praised and rewarded, etc., etc. And it's all good, no matter what your religious conviction, or lack thereof. So are we capable of taking those feelings and our pro-active efforts for acknowledging and keep this social interaction alive longer than just 2-4 weeks? Can we ingrain the concepts of showing gratitude and appreciation and stretch it for longer windows of time?

Of course we can. We're all capable of being a little more aware and a little bit nicer and more forgiving in December, so how hard would it be to consciously do the same things in April or in August? Part of the Christmas spirit's message is that we should be stamping these habits deep within our brains and our hearts so that they show up as learned responses all the time, not just when Santa Claus is coming to town. Maybe we use the lessons of the Christmas season to enlighten ourselves all the time, not just when the malls are packed and the nights are filled with ornamental displays all around. Maybe that aloha spirit on steroids feeling can be retained and shared for months.

For that would truly be the essence and the lesson of this season- to spread joy, share laughter, celebrate one another, provide hope, give to those in need, inspire, and be thankful. Let's endeavor to do it all the time or certainly more foten, not just because the calendar and the wise men tell us so, but because it's the right thing to do. Think about it…

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