Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s Christmas Eve.  Technically, it’s Christmas Eve day, but, so what?  It’s exciting!  I can’t wait to see the looks on my grandchildren’s faces tonight when the go to bed anticipating Santa’s arrival.  The absolute best thing about Christmas is children.  Presents are nice, but joy is better.

This has been a tough year, and I don’t think any explanations are needed as to why.  But. . . it’s also been a pretty good year, too.  The States have a President they can be proud of, Canada has earned a reputation as being a leader in self-restraint and sound governance (and I’m not a Conservative, by the way) and James Cameron has finally released Avatar.  (Not that I’m at all interested in seeing it, but I know millions are, and so, therefore, their wish has come true.) 

I think, movie-wise, the more important film this year was District 9.  It didn’t get much praise, and wasn’t around long, but the ideas and social commentary contained in that story have stuck with me.  It’s a disturbing look at discrimination.  Very profound in its delivery.  Was it Oscar-worthy?  No.  But definitely thought-provoking.  Avatar will be all about the special effects, the sound track and how much it cost to make.  Substance?  Hmmm, can you say Titanic? 

Back in the real world. . .

The past year was pretty damn good on a personal level, too.  We traveled to the Dominican (had our eyes opened, there), then went on a month-long motorcycle trip to Nova Scotia and back.  That was simply amazing.  Had my eyes opened again, this time to the beauty and open-ness of people both in Canada and in the United States.  That trip has created a desire to re-visit many of the places we passed through, with the aim of staying longer to enjoy them. 

As I’ve gotten older different things have become important to me, and I am extremely grateful for that change.  It’s no longer mostly about what I want, or what I think I want.  It’s more about seeing the people I care about happy and successful and fulfilled in their lives.  Despite the economic downturn, or maybe even because of it, I’ve seen that happen for several people this year. 

My brother-in-law has taken a major leap in going back to school to become a teacher.  My son has discovered new reserves of personal strength in light of how the economy has affected his company.  One of my brothers took a huge risk this year and bought his own business.  There are many more examples I could relate, but I think you get the picture.  Happiness is all about your frame of mind and what you’re willing to give of yourself.  And it makes me  happy and proud by association. 

What a leech I am!

Well, that’s it for now.  I wish everyone who has taken the time to read my ramblings (and I do know I ramble) much love and a very Merry Christmas!