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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Post-Holiday Blues?

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Kids Get Them Too

Pay attention to the small ones.

Pay attention to the small ones.

Way Down Low

Now we all get the notion of post-holiday blues. Kind of a quite minor “let down” depression. Basically for most post-holiday blues are overshadowed by a different feeling. I call it the post-holiday high. So there are two forces in the post-holiday. Quite different a high and the blues. So it is fair to say that the post-holiday time is one of mixed emotions.

Hey, by January 3, 2021 we have yet to make a major screw up. Just for me that is really cool. And here is a mixed one; we have just spent a lot of time with family. Wonderful and maybe not so much. But no matter there was great cheer and time off from work which is always good if it is a holiday from work and not permanent. I must admit that around this time I get a bit sad when Christmas lights and lawn stuff is left out in deflation.

What about winter blues? Bummer to return to work if you are lucky enough to have a job. Bummer if you do not. Many a child or grandchild will be sorely missed. Funny but many parents and siblings not so much, the phone is fine. How about actually taking down the lights and tree, sweet melancholy if you are lucky. Seems to me that some are kind of bummed if they did not get what they wanted for Christmas. Bad for them. So many break ups have just occurred. Spouses could have trouble this time of year. Especially if the debt rose so much, resentments build.

Here is one for prayers. The statistics are clear. At this time admissions to detox centers are historically up by fifty percent. Actually that is probably a good thing. Perhaps not at all this year as beds are taken in ERs that could be needed for others. I would imagine that increased staff there depletes human resources needed for COVID. Not to mention personal protective “equipment”. Traffics injuries and death could be increased by impaired drivers who should have been in detox in October.

This year we have the added bummer of the increase in the flu. All kinds and of all things, our parents are much more at risk. That is a stressor, especially if we could not hug them for Christmas.

Of course for this year many are in dire financial straights with foreclosures and bankruptcy that will uptick this year.

Now all that is on the blues side. Let us look at the high side.

Got To Boogie Them Blues

Baby Blues

Let it out boy!

Let it out boy!

The Flip Side

The High Side

Blessings.

I will only say the negative of last year as Yahoo we made it.

It is true for me that I am 63 with so much more to learn. And the past year was such a great teacher in so many things. I sure learned a whole lot. I think that learning how to be more gentle was the best lesson learned. And furthering my education of not sweating the small stuff. Personally I gave up a lot more control to God as so much was just plain out of my control. For me that is really a good idea as I drive a car just fine, but navigating life is not such a strong suit.

Tidiness for a great deal of the time is something I do not do. And giving not thought to it I just pick things up and put them up more. That is a retrospection. As I just noticed it this morning. Just interesting for me but wonderful for my bride. What would happen if I made it a habit? With my wife being a reformed Buddhist she is still quite Asian and our deep cleaning occurs just before the Chinese New Year. Actually a rather fun tradition we all do together. (I do weep a bit at my favorite shirts being given away as to old ;-)

How about resolutions binging followed with a new outlook and cheer. Usually gone by Valentine’s day. But for the time being great. With only a limited time and on the earth I was reflecting. I do not know of a single instance of someone making a mean and nasty resolution. Surely there are some like in the movies, I just do not know any of those folks.

With all the positive vibes I think folks are nicer this time of year. Kind of a reflection of the affirmations and resolutions. It is harder to get all fired up about a new beginning and still be a total jerk. Or maybe that is just because my attitude is better. My youngest daughter says that I wear rosy glasses this time of year. Plus generally speaking it is “all about me”.

You probably got at least something you cherish over Christmas. I have a coffee mug that is nearly twenty years old and still used. My elder son gave it to me for Christmas that long ago. Talk about cherished.

A Record

Of celebration?

Of celebration?

Northern Lights

Let It Fill You Up.

What about love and spirituality. Many many folks make a resolution to pray more often. That is just my experience I have no statistics to back it up. Did you? Some make one to get back to meditating every day at least once. Now that must add to the good vibrations all around the world.

These days I am not an avid church attendee. But a whole lot of folks make the resolution to attend church more often. Again, like detox the pews have an increased number of folks in them this time of year. Certainly some sermons you could take or leave do to length or substance but on the whole gathering as a group to pray and sing praises is a really good thing. Well at least it really is for me.

Faith and hope are at a high this time of year. Seems like not that many of us start off a new year in fear and despair. And we pray for those who do. I am already saving and planning what to do and what to get for a few birthdays and Valentine’s Day. This year I had better get good and creative. As a child’s birthday and a mom’s have always included a party and a night out, respectively. What joyful memories.

Hmm, August is the month with the most birthdays. September and October follow. Now that means two wonderful things. In the cold winter of January into February there seems to be a lot more love making. That is cool. You old dog you that means you are enjoying yourself. But it also means little babies to have during the this season what a blessing from God.

“Love never fails” is a truth as old as the Grand Canyon. You can find it everywhere. It comes from 1 Corinthians 13. A very cool read and something to think of greatly and in gratefulness, that we were made for that to be true. I call that the best meditation of all. Maybe during this season I will try to receive and give more love now that is something to look forward to.

It is my considered opinion that we have a vessel of a “heart”. It is always full. Perhaps just of nothingness in sad cases. But it is always full. Perhaps in the season past we emptied out the nothingness and despair and worry and anger. Perhaps we refilled it with love and compassion toward all. I would say I am getting a ton and must make room for it.

Probably if you read this you are sending me some of yours. As I send it to you.

Comments

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 07, 2021:

I feel like my world is much smaller than it used to be with the pandemic and being confined to my house, but I'm fine with that if it means my family stays healthy. I try to concentrate on several tasks and good things each day.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 05, 2021:

Right On Linda! It sure is good to be here. I just can't shake the irrational guilt that I have over having it so good.

Gabe and his mom are being "in love".

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 05, 2021:

Love never fails, so true. Sending you love and best wishes for a happy, prosperous and blessed New Year.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 05, 2021:

Ain't that just the truth of it all Dora. Nothing is the world compares to the love of others and God's love for us.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 05, 2021:

Eric, this reminds me of a REALLY old song (older than you!) by Johnny Mercer "Accentuate the Positive."

Life in Carb Diva land is better than good and I will add that one of my bright spots is having you back here.

Let's just continue to focus on the one thing we have at our control--the amount of love we spread.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 05, 2021:

Eric, I certainly send you my love and wishes for God's best toward to you and family for the New Year. Let's cherish what we gained (and we gained plenty) and let slide what we lost. We have still each other.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 05, 2021:

Amen Peggy!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 05, 2021:

thanks Bill. I must say that the only reason for my blues is that I think too much, and when you do that you can find something.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2021:

This is a good time of year for reflection. Thanks for sharing some of yours...the good and bad of what has happened last year, and the hopefulness and love going forward. We can all use more love and compassion towards all.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2021:

The rain gets me down from time to time, but I wouldn't call it the blues. The holidays gone, no blues there, not for me. Financially we are fine. Health-wise we are fine. It's all good in Holland Land, thank you very much, counting our blessings and all that. :)

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