One of my all-time favorite holiday CDs is Groovelily's "Striking Twelve" - I've seen it twice in a real live theater and it never ceases to amaze and thrill me. If you haven't heard of it, it is a modern day rock musical dramatization of "The Little Match Girl" - which was a really depressing fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. Now, you might ask, how can a really depressing fairy tale inspire end of the year musings? I suggest you download and buy the CD, but barring that - I can tell you that this show/CD/musical points us to what is truly important in life in a comical way. The people around us and the love we share is ALL that really matters in the end.
This is where my thoughts are going in these last hours of the last day of the year. As many of you know, 2017 was a very tough year for me. I had a wake-up call for my health in the form of an unexpected heart attack. Medical researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of the complexity and intelligence possessed by the human heart. When we connect with others in a real and meaningful way - we spark electromagnetic currents that are real and measurable.
This means that we are on the verge of scientific proof that being with those we love strengthens us and heals us. Likewise, being with those who wish to harm us can do just the opposite.
This year, make it a point to reach out to those who live in isolation or who could use a kind word or touch. Your visit to a shut-in or a convalescent home can be healing to someone who really needs it. If you have family or friends that you dearly love but have let a silly fight or grudge separate you - make this the year that you reach out and heal the rift.
You may actually save a life by doing so. Peace out - and Happy 2018!!!