The HolyDay Season is upon us. Yes, I misspelled it on purpose.
Holiday comes from the two-word Holy Day. While normally associated with religious celebration, the word holy can also refer to something special that is set apart from everyday life. Thanksgiving is holy in this sense. Your birthday is holy in this sense.
When most of us wake up on our birthday morning, there is a heightened sense of importance in the hours of this day. It has meaning above and beyond most other days. Christmas is special and holy for several reasons. Whether you are a Christian or not, Christmas tradition is holy in the sense of the value of family, tradition, giving, compassion, and so on.
Robert Byrne wrote, "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." The most meaningful lives are those lived with intention and consideration. I spend time each with with the homeless. I play lincoln logs and hot wheels in the floor with my two boys each night. I smile at and offer a quick head nod to those I pass in the grocery store. I think about the direction of my life.
When business slows down, we have great opportunity to ask more important questions about our own satisfaction, our own journey, our shared experience. Where is your life going at this time?
Before you answer, take note of the feelings associated with this question. Do you have an instant good feeling? Is there an instant discouraged or tired feeling? Do you feel that you are in control of your life and headed in the direction you most want?
We are never too busy to measure and mold our own existence.