Marti's Theory

Christmas

Posted on: December 25, 2013

Okay, Christmas..

For years I’ve tried to distill the meaning of Christmas into its essence, into something that doesn’t divide us, but instead offers something we can all relate to. And for me, it comes down to one concept:

Hope.

There the world was, a few thousand years ago, in the middle of political unrest, caught between a burgeoning economy and an expanding empire that utilized an increasingly brutal use of coercion to maintain that empire. In other words, things were kind of a mess.

In the middle of all this, a child was humbly born who would, as a young man, try to explain that rather than brute force and politics, the better (and frankly, more practical) route would be love and compassion. And to top it off, he tried to explain that every one of us carried the potential for those traits – love and compassion – within us. Really? Dang!

Hope.

Things are a little dark out there this year (arguing over whether to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Really?) but for me, a good focus for this time of year is to believe that he was right – that love and compassion do, in fact, exist within us all.

My wish for us all (myself included, lol) is that we are able to access those traits within ourselves.

Hope. Now THAT’s a gift.

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2 Responses to "Christmas"

Aloha Marti:

Hope was born on Christmas Day!

Hallelujah!

Malama Pono ame Mahalo,

Joe

Love this post, Marti. Brought a tear to my eye. You’ve distilled the reason Christmas is for everyone. Christian or not, we can celebrate, along with our Christian brothers and sisters, the best elements of our human potential: beauty, light, connection, hope, generosity.

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