When I landed in the chair of my office and turned the computer on, the first thing I noticed was the day of the year. It’s December 21. I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that the holidays are upon us. How could 2016 have come and gone by so fast? I vaguely remember the seasons passing. Time seems to move more quickly than it has in the past. Maybe it’s the aging process. I can only suppose, but 365 days went by and I am spinning. So many things have changed this year, yet, so many things remain the same. Beautiful menorahs are glowing in windows and Christmas trees are tall and brightly lit. The smell of pine is all around. Holiday lights twinkle gaily around the neighborhood homes. Light is everywhere. Yes, the holidays are here. It’s time for happiness, joy, peace, and celebration.
Suddenly, I realize that all of the holidays are celebrated with light, but what does light represent? Kwanza, candles are lit representing each part of the human soul. Christmas trees are brilliantly illuminated representing not only Noel, but the winter solstice with the lights beaming in the cold frozen sky. We all know that the Chanukah lights represent not only the oil that burned for eight days instead of one, but the flames also represent the freedom the Jews first had when able to rule themselves free of the hold of others. As an aside, Muslims around the world shine lights to fill the world with the Koran’s message for peace and hope on Mohammed’s Birthday.
It is this part of the light of all these faiths that reveal man’s true being and pursuit; sometimes to be a light to others, but also, to be a light for ourselves and to illuminate the roads of our own paths. As my husband always tells me, we may not live on forever, but we want to add a little sparkle while we are here (nod to TODD RUNDGREN).
So, 2016 has been quite a year of challenges, change and inconsistency. We just had a fairly dark period in our nation and world, with bombings and bombastic politicians. Therefore, now more than ever we need the light for ourselves, our nation and our world.
This past year I embarked on a new path, one that I never could have imagined, that led me to find my light inside and that of others, from the USA, to Europe, to the Mideast and beyond. It made me realize that a heart, no matter how dark, can be lit by hope and spirit. Like the heart of E.T., beaming with the hope of returning home, we all have that possibility inside to have our hearts light up and be a beacon to ourselves and others. It is my hope and prayer that each of your hearts beats with the light like our little friend E.T.
So, here is to the light in all of us and I hope this inspires at least one person to light up their life with hope and pass it on to another. Remember one candle can light a million more and so can we.
Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays and, yes, this includes Happy Festivus For The Rest Of Us.