The Holiday Spirit Made Me Do It

The other day someone at work did something nice for me. If she hadn’t done it, I would have had to do all kinds of running around. What bothered (bothers) me though is that she said, “I shouldn’t do this but I guess it’s the holiday spirit making me do it.” And she acted like this ‘holiday spirit’ was an annoying thing to her.

Don’t get me wrong. I am very thankful that she saved me about four hours and gas money. But I could not help but think, “You wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t the holidays?”

Jesus’ greatest commandment – Love One Another. Somehow I don’t think he meant only in December. Most philosophies teach that ‘we are all one.’ One body. 1 + 1 = 1 always. This is a concept that no one taught me; I have just always felt it as a core concept of selfhood.

Anyway, I will practice ‘let it go’ on that one. Send her some prayer, white light, good vibes, whatever…perhaps go out there and do something nice for someone today ‘just because’ in order to balance things out.

Missed the sunrise this morning. But it’s up and the day is waiting. Onward into the fray. Have a blessed day, smile, and be nice to everyone you meet today. 🙂

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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