Checking my Twitter feed this morning, I found perhaps the perfect sentiment that sums up exactly how I feel this Christmas.
At this time of year, we’re bombarded with images of perfect lives, which bear little relation to reality as tinsel does to gold.
If you’re lucky enough to be with the people you love, warm and safe, with enough to eat, I’m sure you feel as blessed as I do.
But if your life is full of difficulties; if you aren’t where you want to be, either literally or figuratively,
remember that extraordinary transformations are possible. Everything changes. Nothing is forever.
Thinking back to my worst Christmas, I found it hard to believe that my unhappiness would pass. I was truly afraid of the future.
You never know what the future holds. Astonishing reversals of fortune happen every minute.
So if you’re sad, or lonely, or bereaved, or ill, separated from your loved ones or in any other ways suffering this Christmas,
I send you love and wish you luck and better times. Millions of us have been where you are now.
Remember Christmas is, in the end, just a day. It isn’t a test or a scorecard of you or your life, so be kind to yourself.
~ JK Rowling
Looking back from where I am and where I came from, I can agree that during my worst Christmas ever, it was impossible to imagine a life where I would be happy…and full…and warm…and not afraid…and safe. But here I am!
Right here, right now, under The Big Top surrounded by some of my family circus and looking forward to tomorrow to spend more time with the whole circus together, I know that Rowling is right. Christmas is just a day. Just another day for me to give thanks because I am here.
Happy Christmas! Merry Hanukkah! Warm holiday wishes, y’all!