Christmas and the season is always a time for reflection, joy and family. It offers up lessons in many ways, as does every day if we chose to interpret events that way.
A great lesson is often retold in many ways ... and this gem was provided with the departure of my son, Neil, driving down the lane toward the highway. We were not to see him in physical being perhaps for another year as he and his girlfriend would be returning to their home province of Quebec in a couple of days.
As was our tradition, I was at the window set to wave him goodbye. He started down the road and gazed to another window off the kitchen. I waved frantically in hopes he would see me.
Realizing I was not getting his attention, I sprinted to the kitchen and again waved frantically as I looked out the window. His own gaze was at an oblique angle toward the window I was waving from. He did not see me!
Neil's gaze soon shifted down the lane toward the highway and in doing so - I read the expression on his face.
I felt a twist in my heart. I wanted to call out, but he would not hear me.
The lesson had presented itself! And of a meaning that may be cliché or interpreted in different ways. One of the meanings I saw, was - No matter how hard we look for what we desire or expect, we will not see it or have it, if our focus is not harmonious.