I have a wish for Christmas and I hope you can kindly make it come true.
It all started the first year I moved away from my home in Azerbaijan to go to school in the US nearly two decades ago. During the months leading up to my first winter break, my university roommates instilled in me a fear of Christmas. International students themselves, they told me that Christmas was the saddest holiday of them all because it got really cold and lonely on our campus. All of the residents would leave the dorms to be with their families, while everything around us, including the roads, would get smothered with a thick blanket of snow as far as the eye could see. They advised me to go away somewhere, anywhere – the destination didn’t really matter, as long as I distanced myself from the confines of our deserted dorm rooms. “Or else you will spend your entire holidays homesick and crying,” – they warned.
Already missing my loving family that I left behind, I saw this picture painted for me as my worst nightmare. So I ran away from it as far as I could that winter. Well, I didn’t exactly run – I flew. To Orlando, Florida. To visit the “Happiest Place on Earth”. I made sure I was not alone that Christmas and it ended up being a Christmas, like no other.
I am most grateful for all of the great opportunities and rewarding experiences I had in life, and most of all, I appreciate having met warm caring people everywhere I went since the beginning of my journey. But to this day, it gives me chills to remember the feeling of emptiness that was creeping up on me my first winter away from home.
This past Sunday when I was shopping for today’s Christmas potluck party I had an encounter that reminded me all over again that there are still plenty of people in this world who are not only lonely but also ill, poor and maybe even hungry right now, as you read these lines. Saddened by the sight unfolding in front of me in the lineup at the till I felt both blessed and humbled to be in the right place and at the right time, to be able to make a little difference in a fellow human’s life.
So, my wish is for all of the people in the world to enjoy good health and abundance in their life. And this Holiday Season I wish for everyone to have someone who cares about them, shares love and shows them a truly Merry Christmas.
What is your wish this holiday season? What is one change you would choose to make in the world or in your own life if you could have it all?