Dec 21 2007

Metaphoric Lumps of Coal

Category: The Transcendental CowboyRandall Kelley @ 12:56

As the holidays press down upon us like a cold snowy front moving in, it brings to some faces broad and toothy smiles. Like skiers who see the approach of snow as a blessing, they giggle and hop, and clap their little hands.

But to others it feels more like the cold snowy front of a killer storm, bound to leave the dead in it’s wake. Unstoppable and relentless.

Who can say what childhood events trigger these two reactions? Each is very real and visceral, untempered by logic or reason, except in the meaningless rationalizations that follow after the humbugger meets the caroler. Then each side tries to convert the other with reams of trumped up “reasons” that their feeling are the right feelings.

Both are wrong. Each day is a day and should be seen as such. Shouldn’t you give whatever you can whenever you can? Shouldn’t you express care for your fellow earthlings on every day and in every way? So I say “Humbug!” to the revelers, and “Lighten up!” to the grim.

I hope you all make a great haul this holiday season. If you are one of the lucky ones, it will be a spiritual treasure trove. If not… then it’s lumps of coal in the stockings of your soul.


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