A Holiday Greeting

This is “J.O.” Jonathan Oliver.  I want to wish everyone a happy holiday and holiday season.  It’s in full effect, I know at my house we’ve been listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies. We’ve already watched Home Alone once.

A couple of weeks ago, I took my daughter, Journey, to go see her first movie. She’s three years old and we went to go see the latest version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She loved it and she did a great job.  She really adored the entire movie.

There was a message at the end of the movie. Everyone who’s watched the movie is familiar with it, it’s about loneliness during the holidays. It gave me an opportunity to reflect, everyone doesn’t have the same perspective or the same experience during this time of the year.

It’s the “happiest time of the year” but it’s not always the happiest time for a neighbor or other people that we interact with, or people we don’t see on a regular basis. People experience different things during the holiday season. People can experience loneliness, family of origin issues come up. Maybe things aren’t the way you want them to be with certain family members. I know what that feels like personally.

This could be experiencing the holiday season for the first time without a loved one we have always shared it with, like a mom, dad or spouse. Maybe we’ve gone through a divorce or we’ve experienced some type of tragedy and this is the first time going through this season without those people. Or, we may know this is actually the last season we will have with these people based on their health or different things they may be experiencing in their life.

I want to encourage everyone as we go into this holiday season to share a little more love, a little more kindness, a little more compassion, a little more grace, a little more patience, a little more understanding knowing that for some of us this is a great time of the year, but depending where people are in the stages of their life this can be a really tough time of year.

If we get the opportunity to give somebody a smile, give somebody a hug, open up a door or wish them a pleasant day, you may not know the ripple effect that might have in their life, but it may pay huge dividends. I want to leave that on your heart as we go into this holiday season to think about other people and what they may be experiencing.

I’m personally taking this on as a challenge to share encouragement knowing others may be be experiencing the same joy that I have.  I’m going to l leave you with that. Enjoy your holiday season. Be safe out there. Thanks for always checking in with me.