- There are 2024 calendars of horses, dogs, cars, castles, and wilderness mountains and valleys. Calendars record our comings and goings. In 2023, many do the same on iPads and phones. Young families move between soccer, school, and civic volunteering. Elders can become isolated from past routines with time seeming heavier and moving more slowly. Clocks on walls, cars, and wrists add to our time conscious society. Yet, many of us still “fight the clock.” So, yes, be responsive to time, but in 2024 have time to be a friend supporting values, work, worship, travel, and family.
** This is a Christmas Eve morning, Sunday Letter. Perhaps you, your family and friends have attended a concert, an earlier worship service, or an evening of food and catch-up with those who flew or drove to be with you, or you with them. The weeks of Christmas ask us to pay attention, be kind and gracious, maybe even add a bigger tip to help someone else’s Christmas. This season is larger than Thanksgiving or 4th of July. Whatever the details, there was a birth, angels came, the world that was tilted was changed. So, on this Christmas Eve morning, perhaps call, email, or text someone. Make a connection, heart to heart, hope to hope. This morning, this day is the right time to do so, be so. Merry Christmas to you and all those in your world.
- “Finding hope is crucial if we are to succeed in meeting our individual and collective challenges. Hope allows us to envision a better future, and it brings with it positive energy. With hope we can have the courage to care, and the courage to act.” The Dalai Lama
** We have become hesitant in the language shift from Merry Christmas to Happy Holiday. A card from a Santa Fe friend may be the best seasonal wording: “Warmest Winter Greetings.” Your thoughts??
- Roy’s Best Of The Best For 2023: Books: 1) Between The Listening And The Telling: How Stories Can Save Us by Mark Yaaconelli and 2) A Future We Can Love, How We Can Reverse The Climate Crisis With The Power Of Our Hearts and Minds by The Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg.
- Televison: 1) HBO Real Sports with Brant Gumbel signed off after 29 years of scripts and characters. and 2) Netflix: High On The Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, and 3) CBS Sunday Morning.
- Web Site: The Moth, The Art and Craft of Storytelling, and CNN’s The Good Stuff.
I will close this Sunday Letter with an author’s heartfelt dedication page: To all the brave souls who have told me their stories, and all the brave souls who have listened to mine. My wish for each you is that this season if filled with light and love and appreciation for each of you.
Roy, sharing my story