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Here's a little Ding Dong Merrily to Wish You a Hopeful Christmas.


Image credit:  Dan Stefani

I'm just getting to a really great bit in my book when the door bell rings.

"Ian!, can you get that, everyone's starting to arrive."

So that's it, the end of that little pocket of me doin' my own thing.  For the next few days at least, we'll have a house full of visitors, and there'll always be stuff to do.

Oh yea, there'll be a bit of lolling about after a good meal, but then the clearing up, and then the getting ready for the next thing, and so on and on.

I started to think "I've so many exciting projects on the go right now, this whole Christmas thing is just an inconvenient interruption".

I have to be honest, that was a first thought.  I have to be honest, I'm still working on re-framing my thoughts.

So I'll start by wishing all my lovely friends and family (digital and otherwise) a hopeful Christmas.

I want to say how grateful I am to have all of you. 

This time last year, I had not tweeted, written a blog post, or talked online.  I didn't even know you existed and you didn't know me. 

Since then, you have given me so much.

I've discovered all kinds of parcels, packages, gift boxes, and beautifully wrapped bundles jammed full of lovely, supportive, caring, motivated and talented folk this year.  

You're finding a much bigger sense of meaning and purpose for your lives and you're committed to making a positive difference in all kinds of ways. 


Somehow stuff like this always ends up sounding a bit cheesy but what the heck:  I can't tell you how delighted, proud, and excited I am to be part of that with you all.

Thanks very much indeed!

To state the bleedin' obvious, Christmas is important to all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons. 

For me, it points to a spiritual dimension, that though mysterious and impossible to define, somehow contains a massive source of love and gratitude.

There may be people hanging out with us this Christmas that are a pain in the ass. 

We disagree with almost everything they say and do.  They want to watch crap programmes on TV, eat all our pickled eggs, and drink our Malibu.

Yet next Christmas, those folks may not be around, like the friends and family we've lost this year.

So I'm re-framing my thoughts. 

There's a bigger picture:  I'm grateful for the people in my life that care about my family and I, and that I am not alone.  I'm trying to stop expecting people to be anything other than what they are, and I guess that means letting go of all the little irratating quirks that, in the scheme of things, don't matter. 

Actually, some days, when I go off on one, I'm probably the most irritating person around anyway.

Oh well.  I do hope you enjoy the day, and the holiday, whatever you are doing.

Much love, Ian.

Your comments:

headstuffing says:
27/12/2009 16:26:43

Thank you Ian for an inspiring and positive message throughout this year. This is the time for reflection on what was and how it came to be - for me anyway - and reallyGoodThinking has been a source of positive inspriaration this year. Much thanks my internet-cloud-friend - and I hope next year - 2010 (that's gonna be tough to write for a while) will be the year more of your projects are realized than put aside - and that your family is healthy, happy and joyful! I can be cheesy too I guess - but maybe this will help explain where I am coming from this year: http://headstuffing.blogspot.com/2009/12/cherish-christmas-present-before-its.html
gennepher says:
25/12/2009 11:45:08

Merry Christmas and a brilliant new year x Yes I am human but have slight dyslexia and these stupid wriggly letters I cannot identify and I get blocked as spam...aaagh.. but I think I can do the dark grey box!


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  • Ian AspinLocation: Lancaster Lake District, UK
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