2017 for us at my workplace is punctuated with so many challenges: lack of manpower, a considerable volume of work, at times that nagging feeling of disillusion and discontent, anxiety brought about by the new registration system, and that Notice to Vacate from the City Government due to the proposed total renovation of Baguio Convention Center, which has been our home for the past 11 years.
Are we up for Christmas this year?
I guess we have to be...there is no other way. There is no choice but to get up from bed each chilly morning, face the day and get one step closer to Christmas, no matter how heavy our hearts may be. You may be that person who lost his home because of calamities, or a parent who lost his child in a senseless death, or one who is worrying each passing day about a million things, or who has recently lost a loved one and dreads the first Christmas without him or her. The world won't stop for you, and Christmas will be here in a few days, despite some resistance and negativity. Your personal and professional issues will not get in the way of the beautiful season taking its course for everyone.
So it's your choice, really. Christmas is the time to remember how a Savior is born, how we all manage to get through this because of His supreme sacrifice. You can whine, and whimper, and complain about not having much and not getting enough; or you can find your time to be still and just appreciate everything you already have, to find joy in your hearts and in the eyes of kids who simply love Christmas. Better yet, you can be like an innocent child still in awe of pure Christmas magic. Remember that you might not get everything you want this year, but if you take a closer look, you will realize you already have what you need. Have a merry season, everyone.
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale