Merry Christmas Everybody, today is a wonderful day of joy and family togetherness. I know that everyone does not celebrate Christmas, but to me the lack of a Christmas celebration would be completely foreign. On Christmas my family and I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and I know that he may not have been born in December, but this day just happens to be when we decide to celebrate the miracle. Whether you are a Christian or not, it is an undeniable fact that Jesus walked this earth and that he is one of the most inspirational people to ever live. The reason I have to say that Jesus is my favorite person in history is becomes he did what no other person could and he did it for everyone who ever lived. Jesus was able to draw multitudes of people without promising them any type of earthly treasure or amenity, and he is still one of the most quoted individuals of all time. Jesus showed the world how to love in a way that we still have trouble comprehending, and he managed to start a revolution without ever raising a sword. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the day that the world welcomed the man who would change it forever. I believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and there are billions of others around the world who are willing to profess that same belief. It is amazing to consider that Jesus was just a baby in a manger some two thousand years ago, but today he is the hope of the world, and the promised messiah that many longed to see but few are willing to accept. This completes the series of my favorite people in history, Merry Christmas everyone, hopefully you enjoyed your day.
I love the Christmas season, and that surprisingly hasn’t changed since my post elementary school adulthood has kicked in. As a child I believed that the best thing about Christmas was a combination of gifts and time off from school, but as an adult I have seen that there is much more to this holiday season. There are millions of reasons to enjoy the holidays but I will keep this post to my top 5 favorite things about Christmas and the holiday season in general.
Christmas Carols – I love those tunes, some of them can be a bit sketchy and all of them are quite dated, but I love having them blasting from my computer or radio. I especially enjoy modern versions of old classics that are done in a sensible fashion.
Christmas Cartoons – I know that I am an adult, but I will never stop watching my favorite Christmas cartoons. I particularly enjoy The Little Drummer Boy and Frosty the Snowman, since they remind me of my childhood and of all things Christmas. I know that some may categorize television Christmas specials with the cartoons, but I can’t stand cheesy and often disconnected holiday episodes of tv shows.
Holiday Light Displays – I love a great lighting display, one of my favorite things about this season is just driving around on a cool winter evening and checking out some of the lighting displays of my neighbors and of the city.
Christmas food – I love holiday foods but I especially love Christmas themed cakes, cookies, snacks, and meals. The holidays are a time when many people put on extra weight, and with all of these amazing treats available, I’m sure there will be several new members to each gym once the new year rolls around.
Family Time – As we grow older and move away from our families and homes, the holidays become much more important for catching up with family and old friends. Family is extremely important, I love that at least once in a year, I have a chance to reconnect in person with loved ones that I no longer see on a daily basis.
As I said before, there are millions of reasons to enjoy the holidays, and even if these reasons don’t appeal to you, I’m sure everyone can find something to brighten these winter nights. If it is possible, try volunteering during the holidays, it is an extremely rewarding to give to those who are in need of some help and to brighten the holidays for all.
Insomnia is annoying, it is even worse when you actually have something important to do the next day. Insomnia is a disorder that causes difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia, in the way I am using the term, is just general sleeplessness. Every once in a while when I find myself awake in the middle of the night, it is difficult to get back to a level of sleep where I am comfortable. The interesting thing about non chronic insomnia is how it can be directly tied to the important tasks for the next day that it is now hampering. Often times the only thing actually keeping you awake is thoughts of the next day, and stress only makes things worse. Insomnia is the mind’s way of telling you it is not done plotting, and no matter how hard you try to fight the beast that is sleeplessness, it is not an easy battle to win. In my nights of insomnia I have found a few ways to combat the lack of sleep, but I feel the best solution to insomnia is learning to relax. While I continue to work on my relaxation techniques, I generally try to just bore myself to sleep, I tend to find a topic or activity that will put my mind to work without overstimulating it, eventually I always end up knocking out. Insomnia is a common problem but it doesn’t have to be debilitating, if you ever find yourself lying awake at night, just relax and know that worrying never fixed anyone’s issues, so it is best to just get to sleep.
I always wonder why people have so much hate for rainy days, there is nothing so terrible about seeing water falling from the sky. Rain is something that has been enjoyed and even revered for centuries, it signifies new beginnings and also growth. In recent times rain has been given a bad name due to the fact that it often comes with clouds and also because it usually means plans have been cancelled. Many sporting events, parades, and festive outings are either postponed or completely ruined by the presence of rain, but in my opinion, events can be enhanced by a little intervention form Mother Nature. I love rain, I mean, I wouldn’t want rain on my wedding day, but I just really enjoy walking around in the rain. I feel like the streets are more peaceful in the rain, especially in the city since people try to avoid it. On a rainy day I don’t feel mopey or down, I like to look at a rainy day as a chance to enjoy a pseudo private tour of a park or wherever I may be exploring for the day. Rain doesn’t always have to mean plans are ruined, as they say “when life gives you lemons…” It is best to look at rain as a chance to modify plans and probably explore new things. Today, on this rainy Sunday, rather than staying in, try taking a walk in the park, it is much more peaceful in the rain.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Peace is a period of harmony or accord between social groups and countries. Throughout the history of man, there are actually very few if any short periods of peace. Albert Einstein’s quote hits on the major issue that hinders peacefulness, that is the use of force to try and foster peace. Peace is something that everyone on earth is searching for, but we are forgetting one of the major necessities for peace. In a war for peace, as oxymoronic a term as that is, there is no chance for understanding because way too much force is used, and in protests many fight to be understood but are met with undue force. Humans need to work better to understand one another, understanding does not mean agreeing with everything others do or say, understanding is taking time to listen to the concerns of others before drawing conclusions. In order for peace to be attained people must put aside their differences and get to know their adversary, perhaps we are all more similar than we think and peace is only a long talk away.
Today, as I was tossing around a baseball with my younger brother, we decided to take a break to enjoy the park. After a while of sitting and enjoying the serenity my brother told me he doesn’t exactly understand how people have one place of relaxation. I am one of these people who has a hard time relaxing so, I fully agreed with his query, but sitting on that grass and just resting made me realize that that park is my “place of relaxation.” I actually had nothing to think about or worry about other that catching the ball when it was thrown my way, it was quite peaceful. I understand what he meant by one place of relaxation, because for me, a place of relaxation is conditional. The same park we sat in this afternoon, could be filled with barbecues and loud birthday parties in a week’s time, so for places of relaxation it must fit what is needed at a specific moment. Some people love to fly fish in a quiet stream, and others may enjoy a loud concert, but both individuals have their place of rest, and that is the key to relaxation. I know that I won’t be able to always have a peaceful park to sit in and listen to birds chirping, but I now know that any time I can find this place, I have found relaxation.
The broken narrative of the news media in the midst of the civil unrest in Baltimore is extremely alarming. For those who are unaware of what is going on, there was a young man who was fatally injured while in police custody, his death has lead to protests and riots throughout the city. The young man, Freddie Gray, was arrested by police officers under what they called normal circumstances but was then hospitalized with a severed spine, which lead to his death. My stance on this as an American is that nobody deserves to be punished before a trial, and my stance on this as a human is that nobody deserves to die in such a brutal way. The news media is showing a picture of brutality and war in the streets of Baltimore that has only lead to extreme reactions from the many who are too ignorant, or too preoccupied to look into the situation as a whole. The fact of the matter is that a young man is now dead, after being simply taken into custody, and many people are taking action rather than asking the necessary questions we all have about the situation. I have an eclectic group of friends, and just seeing the varying views on social media causes me to believe that this issue is much bigger than Baltimore, and the news media is doing nothing more than causing widespread separation in a country that ironically has the word “united” in its name. In the midst of the wild riots of confused and at times foolish young people, there are large united groups of all ages and ethnicities peacefully trying to quell the confusion, and air their grievances. The news has refused to cover any of the peaceful protests or any of the peaceful crowd interactions with the police, and this is really causing me to question just how united the news producers want this country to be. I understand that two wrongs will never make a right, but when all we are shown is turmoil, there can never be progress. I hate what I am seeing on the news and I am even more upset that many people are not taking the time to fully understand what is going on all around Baltimore. The only thing I have learned from the news that I will agree with is that peace must be brought back to that city, and the road to peace starts with the media giving some airtime to those advocating it.