I've been known as the Grinch. But I'm really not. I'm so enthralled with the seasons. Being a farmer all my life, the season gets followed by another season and another that make a growing cycle. Here in the northern hemisphere, the Christmas season is just like everywhere else, a season of hope and thanks, a season of festive challenges, the season of an innocent baby born to suffer so dearly to set us free. Yes, the season of new beginnings. But the 22nd of December, what we call the first day of winter, is truly the beginning of the new season. Because every day from then on, daylight will increase. We'll see new awakenings and spring will come and fruit will be born. Before we know it, it will be summer with the fruit of our labor.
I started off by saying I'm not the Grinch, but I think one of the grinchy effects is our inclination to set goals. And the year end is normally the time for the goal. Hence the song lyric, "If we make it though December, we're going to be all right." But if we can just stand back for a second and not put that pressure of goals and time lines on ourselves, the chance for success stays the same and the chance for disappointment disappears. Enjoy the process of going towards a goal. But don't set goals. You are not in control of enough. Patience and diligence is the recipe for success. And those that enjoy the process are successful. May God Bless all of us and may we be what He wants us to be. He made a huge offering for you and me. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Pierre de Wet