Between now and Christmas it will happen. An opening of the heart. It’s almost impossible to predict when or how it will happen. Perhaps a Christmas song playing on the radio. “White Christmas.” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Doesn’t matter. Or maybe it will be a television show. “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Or Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in “Christmas Vacation.” You will ponder something important: Like forgiving an old friend. Or calling your sister. Or reconciling with a parent. Maybe it will be something for yourself. Like taking a day off. Not for errands. Not for shopping. But to walk along the beach or to have lunch with a friend or maybe because you can’t remember the last time you stayed home for an afternoon to read a book. You Take a Breath. You let the opening happen inside your heart. And rather than seeing it as an abyss through which you might perilously fall, you see it as a tunnel through which you walk, only to emerge on the other side to a beautiful, more meaningful landscape. Between now and Christmas night something will come knocking on the door. I can only say this, my dear friends and readers, I can only say this from my own experience as a human being — flawed, often failing, but still trying to be engaged with life — I can say this: Open the door. It will mean everything.
December 15, 2014
by Dr. R. Scott