It’s been a while. I guess I stopped writing because you stopped listening. I understand you may have had a little trouble finding me over the years so I’m letting you know that I’m finally settled in Melbourne, Australia (just in case you’re heading my way). I’d really like you to have a think about my Christmas wish as it’s a pretty big one and will definitely make up for the years when we’ve missed connecting.
Let’s face it Santa, the last few years I’ve been on my own little sleigh ride of emotion and personal discovery. There were times when I’ve seriously felt let down. Times I let others down. And definitely a whole lot of time where I let myself down. I’m realising that now I’ve finally grown up, like a young child, I feel a sense of excited anticipation as I prepare to tear off the redundant wrapping and ribbons to expose the gifts underneath. Let’s see if I’ll find what I ask for.
I wish I may:
Carry a light in front so that my shadow will fall behind, even though I carry it with me always.
Learn about my friends, family and those who are important to me so I don’t need to wait for them to tell me what they really want.
Make a fire and burn unkind thoughts that do not allow my internal flame to flicker.
Believe that love is the strongest emotion in the world.
Be, so that I am truly able to give.
Find the courage to commit, leap, stretch, dream and believe.
Be mindful, appreciate and take pleasure in the journey of attainment and success, and not just grasp.
Admit that the only good reason for my existence is not what I am going to get out of life but what I am going to put into it.
Commit to inter-generational equity by making small differences in my own backyard. Perhaps it may even be greener than it is now.
Instead of finding security in a job or partner, find security in my own abilities.
Ignore what others owe to me and think of what I owe to others.
Ensure there is no disconnect between thought, talk and action.
Close the book of complaints against the cosmos and sew a few stitches of happiness and fun on all negative patches that may appear.
Consider little people and encourage them to not live a life based on rules and restrictions, but one that encourages freedom of expression, the ability to keep on asking, the desire to learn and the faith to leap.
Place value on the common life over the individual life, so that loneliness, anxiety, depression, anger, disappointment and isolation can be kept at a distance.
Find my own way to not be invisible and continually reinvigorate the soul.
Understand the need to plant a seed, cultivate it, and ensure the branches are left long after I have gone.
Invest my time in taking stock of who I am and what I have, then share myself with those who are important. The returns will far outweigh those of any investment in stocks and shares.
Stop asking people how much they care for me and ask myself whether I care for them or not.
Accept the things that others have to accept in their hearts, minds and souls, and make no judgment.
Not have to say sorry after the deed is done, as I have been more cautious to ensure the deed never happens.
Find consistency in an inconsistent world.
Santa, if on one day of the year, I can receive all of these things, I’m thinking it should be easy to embrace them for the rest of the year. And that is my wish.
Every day, have a wonderful Christmas.