The View From Here
THIS SEASON, TAKE TIME FOR A LITTLE WONDER
With our hectic lives and the demands of a chaotic world, it can be all too easy to forget the most important message of the season. Throw in raucous holiday parties, unruly shopping crowds and over-the-top decorating, it can all become…well, downright exhausting.
Too often, celebrating the spirit of the holiday is the furthest thing from our minds.
My wife and I recently returned from a trip, visiting family in California—a sojourn we make a couple times a year—but this time we were accompanied by our daughter and two granddaughters. In addition to the family celebrations, we managed to shoehorn in a little sightseeing in San Francisco. For the little ones, Catherine and Julia, it was their first trip out West, and they were mesmerized. Their unabashed amazement at the marvels of the Bay, from the smelly sea lions at Pier 39 to the beautiful stretch of the Golden Gate Bridge reminded me anew of the importance of WONDER in our lives.
I too become overwhelmed at this time of year and I needed this reminder. So I’m passing on the same gentle reminder to you. While you’re in the midst of wrapping one more present or wrapped up in another Hallmark Christmas movie, try to remember how this season started. The birth of an infant in the humblest of surroundings with little notice or fanfare. Pretty much as it’s pictured above in my wife’s artwork in our new windows. How about taking a few moments this season to WONDER at this small miracle that changed the world? It probably won’t stop the chaos and or simplify our lives, but it might do us all a little good.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOOD TIDINGS TO MEN AND WOMEN OF GOOD WILL!
Speaking of small wonders, I received word this week that my newest novel, BLOOD ON THE CHESAPEAKE, will be released April, 2019. As more details about the novel become available, I’ll be passing them on here Stay tuned.