As the spirit and the hope and the peace of this season descend upon us and touch our hearts, my hope is that each of us takes the time to realize that life and love and family and those close to us and those we hardly know, whose lives we may touch for only an instant, are all important and special in their own way – and should never be taken for granted.
This has been a year when those lessons have been brought close to my home and to my heart on too many occasions – and the best and only way I know to honor those I have lost is to try to live my own life in a way that will prove that those lessons were not taught in vain.
I wish you warmth of heart, closeness of loved ones and kindness of and to strangers. I wish you silent nights and peace on earth, simple pleasures and the time to truly enjoy them. I wish you a glow that starts deep within, and reaches out to all with whom you come in contact – spreading light and hope to any and all. Each of us makes a difference in the lives of some or many – and I pray that each of us will remember to live each day to its fullest and to never take this gift for granted.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and all you hold dear – and a bright, happy and healthy New Year.