During the holidays do you ever wonder how all holiday traditions started. What was originally glorifying the birth of Jesus has become a commercial fiasco! Christmas is about everything Jesus stood against. More alcohol consumption, more family feuds, more heartache and sadness isn’t my idea of Christmas. Tradition according to Dictionary.com is the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc. from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. There is a large percentage of Americans who believe that traditions unlike theirs are blasphemy. Then again differing opinions are the cause of all wars in history.
Black Friday makes one wonder, when did tradition overshadow good manners and serving each other. I would like to see good habits like saying please, thank you, I love you, what can I do for you, you are special to me, become tradition and maybe go back to celebrating holidays according to their original meaning. You should see the funny looks I get when I say, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” It seems that the only time we aren’t arguing about religion is when we can all get something out of it. My wife and I quit gifting years ago. We give to each other twenty-four seven, three hundred and sixty-five days a year except leap years, which we truly enjoy as we can give more.
Most of my clients I need to convince that the gift is in the giving. I tried most of my life to fill my God hole with earthly things only to realize the hole had gotten bigger instead of smaller. When I started living my life for and with the guidance of God, my life became filled. I want for nothing. I am satisfied physically, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes I give to the point of resentfulness and have to take a break, which leads me back to giving. This has become my new tradition. When our world realizes that we are made in the image and likeness of God and our purpose is to give unconditionally as God gives, fear will disappear and love will mend all the problems we have created. If you want to know what traditions you could add to your life, remember…
Your LIfe is PERFECT!
Dr. Randolph Ek, Mpsy.D.