Hard Candy Christmas

Submitted by Guy Williams on December 1, 2020

Dolly Parton always brought the house down and a tear to most eyes with this song.

It speaks to friends that we won’t see again, tough times, and yet ends with affirmation, “Me, I’ll bounce right back. But still I won’t let sorrow bring me way down. ‘Cause I’ll be fine.”

This year has turned out to be pretty tough for everyone worldwide. Each person has lost something; maybe you lost a friend, a relative, a favorite restaurant, an expected experience, a job or an opportunity.

As Christmas approaches, every stress and bad emotional situation can lead to poor decision making and result in financial setbacks, thus creating even more stress.

American astronaut Jim Lovell said, “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”

I challenge you this Christmas to concentrate on making good things happen.

Personally, I intend to experience the peace of Christ and celebrate his birthday, to become closer to my family and friends and to make the season better for others.

And, after suffering through COVID lockdowns, most of us are looking to make personal connections. I plan to call, write and to safely visit the people that I care about when possible.

I want to spend my time in prayer and meditation to reflect on all the wonderful people I know and have the pleasure of working with through business and civic endeavors.

Also, I am actively looking for opportunities to help others with financial needs as well as emotional support.

I am not planning to spend a lot of money on decorations and expensive gifts. This does not seem to be the year for a flashy display.

Therefore, my plan is to end the Christmas season more peaceful, more connected to others, more grateful and less stressed.

I encourage you to reflect on your plans this season so that you can make good things happen.