This time of year brings about many emotions. While it is “the most wonderful time of the year” according to the Christmas song, it can also be a very lonely and depressing time for many.
The holidays conjure up many memories – some good, some bad.
In my 55 years here on Earth, I have experienced many Christmases that have mostly been as wonderful as the song implies. Hopefully, you have had the same experiences. But with age and years passing, the loss of loved ones can dampen anyone’s spirit.
This loss may not even due to someone’s passing and it may not be a recent event. Divorce, arguments and misunderstandings may all lead to the feeling of loss. Loved ones or even acquaintances who have lost touch due to any of the above, may very well welcome contact.
Forgiving those who may have wronged you may be the best thing you can do for yourself this holiday season.
Letting go of resentments (even if they are no longer alive to realize you have forgiven them) is something we all can do at some point in our lives.
The way I see it, allowing us to free these misdeeds is a gift we can give ourselves. I ran across this quote by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize in Literature recipient in 1982. “The heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good; and thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, Tx 78064.