IT is about five days before Christmas and in the past few days, many of us have been caught in traffic while out shopping or meeting friends. Life, it seems, is almost back to normal after the pandemic restrictions. However, we must be careful not to fall into the cycle of thoughtless action and careless decisions, which contributed to where we are now as a planet. The lights may be twinkling again and everyone’s rushing about, but it doesn’t change the fact that we are in the midst of an environmental and economic crisis and that the next pandemic may be a few moments away. It’s easy to forget these realities when the music is loud and holiday cheer is all around.
Of course, I am not suggesting that we become like Scrooge but that there is wisdom in being mindful—of our actions, decisions, how we spend our resources, what we stuff our bodies with, and so on. For example, let’s spend a lot of time thinking about the gifts we are going to give this Christmas. Is it something that the receiver will appreciate and use, or is it going to gather dust or land in the trash bin? Sometimes, giving nothing is better, when we can instead spend time making memories or sharing experiences. That’s already a special gift in itself.
Think about the appointments we say yes to. They say that time is our greatest resource, so let us spend it wisely. This does not include sitting in traffic to go across town at this time when gas prices are so high and the roads are gridlocked. Maybe it is wiser to stay put and go on a call with friends and defer the physical meet-up for better, less stressful days. And speaking of gatherings, many of us should re-think extravagance at this time. A simple, thoughtful, and healthful spread is always better than an overflowing banquet that is over the top in terms of calories and expense.
Health gurus say that the holidays do not mean we should forget our diets or health habits. In fact, there are ways to squeeze in a workout or movement into a busy day this December. Make it a healthy Christmas, not just for our bodies but also for our planet. One of the biggest lessons we learned during the pandemic is simplicity. Living a simple life has to do with making earth-friendly choices and decisions, and getting rid of attitudes like wastefulness, indifference, materialism, and so on. All aspects of our lives—from the way we spend our time, the things we do, the gifts we give, etc.—should reflect our values, and may these include attitudes and behavior that show love for self, others, earth, nation, and God.
I’m sending warm Christmas greetings to my BusinessMirror readers and friends!