What do you want for Christmas?
In theory, it is a very simple question, but I also find it very complex. As we near the end of the year: this, apart from New Year's Eve (a holiday I have never truly understood) all things culminate for a beginning and an end. In this time, and now, I reflect upon the goals I had, those I didn't accomplish, and those I didn't even start. It is a time of year, in truth I dread; for many reasons.
The truth is, my list for this year is simple. I want nothing, and that in a sense gives me everything. I have more than I need. In fact, I've been in a constant state of downsizing since January of 2013. By adding more things to my life, it creates an unnecessary stress. These things need to find a home, within my home. The things I want begin to own me. I feel shame and anxiety from not devoting the time to them. The things that are most important to me become neglected and again I feel shame, anxiety, and guilt.
The things that are most important to me can't be purchased at a store, or online. They can't be paid for with cash or a credit card. You can't put them in a box, or tie them with a bow or have them shipped from anywhere.
If you want to get me something this holiday season, below is what I would truly like for Christmas.
The ability to choose what to do with my time and my life. The time to explore and think and write and reflect.
2. New Experiences
I want to see new things, go new places, be part of things that matter, that I care about. I want to travel to new places and meet new people and connect the dots to this paradoxical world in which we live.
3. Choice Without Judgement
I am going to be me. I am no longer going to make excuses about it. I am going to be very up front and honest and live my truth. Your judgement is not welcome; your friendship and honesty and humility are. I am not going to give in anymore. I am not going to apologize for the way you see or think of me. Those thoughts and feelings are your truth, but unless they are positive, keep them to yourself.
4. Family and Friends
Look, I know what you are thinking. Why did he put family and friends fourth? Well, if that's what you are thinking, please refer to number three. Fact: family is complicated. Drama is stupid. We are each our own person and the sooner we all accept that of everyone (even outside our family, friends, community, city, state and town the better the world will be). Fact: I have had weird things happen in my life related to friends in the past few years. I am guarded. I don't let everyone in, and maybe I should, but I give and you take and there is balance. If I give and give and give and get nothing. Without reciprocation, family and friendships become lonely. I will sacrifice quality over quantity in this category, always.
So, after my soapbox and deep thoughts, feelings and ideas, please enjoy this classic SNL Holiday wish list staring Steve Martin. His Christmas list might be the best ever!
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Did you have any interest in being on of the acts to preform live? Let me know. No rush and no worries if you can't or are not interested.
After having our baby boy in May, we have received many gifts. We are so thankful those our friends and family.
We got some high quality products from top name brands. Sadly, one of those brands, , has left a sour taste in our mouths. We reached out to them via social media and heard no response. We emailed them, only to be passed to another company who paid to use the brand name on their product. They gave us the wrong contact info. We talked with yet another person who also said they could not help.
If I was running this brand, there is no way in hell I would licence my brand to people who would poorly represent it!! That's bad business. What's worse is that the people who responded or really didn't respond from the company were morons.
I knew there was a reason I've never given them my business!
Final note: The product in question was a changing pad - very bright and colorful and seemed to be high quality, until we discovered what we believe to be mold growing inside the middle layer of the "water resistant" material. Good for baby? I think not. Do I want this fixed? Yes.
We are going to have live music in one of our theaters during the event on September 1st. There will be things going on around the building all day, making, programs, demos, a beer garden (we hope) and live music that people can come watch and listen to. I'm also going to reach out to several music stores in the area to see if they would be willing to donate instruments for the day. Families or friends could come in, grab an instrument and play, create music together and possibly have the filmed, put on YouTube so they could have it to share, etc.
There are about a dozen people pulling to put everything together. I've been in and out of the music industry for about 8 years, so that's the area I'm working on.
Any other or specific questions? Please let me know! I think it would be great to have multiple females attend in multiple areas. I know we are doing a lot to push for girls in science and STEM as a great career field for anyone. You can email me too, if that's easier, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Give the gift of deep insight and thought this holiday season. Yes, that was a real sales pitch. No, I don't feel guilty about it.
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