it time for the holidays already? My internal clock says itís still
about April. What has happened to this year? Itís gone by entirely
too fast if you ask me. The years seem to go by so much faster these
days than years ago.
I also would
like to pick a bone with the merchants who start the holiday season
way too early in the year. Last night I was getting home from a
business trip and the airports were already playing Christmas music.
I noticed the lights and garlands were on the street lights as I
drove home. It isnít Christmas until after Thanksgiving as far as
Iím concerned. Letís get one over before we start the next one,
I mean if weíre
going to just clump everything together, then how about a new plan?
Letís break the holidays into six month segments. The first six
months weíd have something along the lines of NewValentinesMotherDad
EasterMemorialIndependence season. Gifts of hearts and fireworks
would be acceptable all season long. Everybody would be happy.
The second half of the year would bring LaborHalloweenThankfulChristmas
season. Decorating your tree in orange and black would be acceptable
during these six months. Also having your lights up would be ok
from September through December. Some of us do that part anyway.
I believe my plan would eliminate a lot of confusion and reduce
the amount of stress we place upon ourselves in trying to observe
these holidays. You go to the card racks at the store and look at
the number of cards for all of the different occasions. You can
go blind just standing there trying to figure out what to buy. But,
if there was a general purpose all around card that you could use
for multiple events, look at how much easier your life would be.
You could have a check off box to use where youíd just put a mark
beside what holiday you wanted to observe. It would make your life
so much simpler. Youíd have the ability to combine holidays to fit
your schedule on the days you wanted to have them observed. Think
of it, you could buy a present for your mom and dad, take them to
dinner on the same day and be done with it without hurting anyoneís
feelings. Makes sense to me.
This is what we need, less stress and a simpler lifestyle. In spite
of all of the time saving tools we have around us each day, we still
seem to be busier than ever and have less free time to enjoy life.
By the time you get to the age where you want to stop and smell
the roses, your nose has given out and the blooms have wilted.
There was an old saying that went something likeÖ the hurryider
I go, the behinder I get. As I said before, here it is the week
of Thanksgiving and Iím still stuck in the first half of the year.
Well, enough of that nonsense, Iím thankful for my family, my friends,
my health and my country. Iím proud that we live in a country where
we feel free enough to criticize one another over how the country
should or should not be run. Iím proud we live in a country where
we are free to admit our mistakes and try to do something to fix
them as the days go by. I trust you are thankful as well.
Pay no attention to my griping and moaning about being too busy.
I love it and Iím thankful that I can still get on planes and go
half way around the world and be glad about it.
Take a moment
this week to look around you. Hug your wife or husband and tell
your kids how much you love them. Try to eat less and exercise more,
I am. Take time to talk to someone and even more time to listen
to someone else.
The days go
by fast and it gets away from us before you know it. Be thankful
for the time you have and who you have it with. Happy Thanksgiving.