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Christmas 2014

It is the Christmas season, the most joyous time of the year.  A time that we celebrate our Savior’s birth and talk of peace on earth and goodwill towards  men.

But that seems like unrealistic hope these days.  International terrorism is rampant and  innocent victims, both young and old,  are lose their lives daily in the name of a radical faith or for some other agenda.   Here in the states,  recent events has ignited a racial divide  resulting in riots and protests across the country.  Regrettably, retaliation now has occurred.  Life is too precious to be so casually tossed aside.

“Ethics..are nothing but reverence for life.  This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consist in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil”      Albert Schweitzer       

I’m afraid too many of us are so caught up in our own point of view and “rights” that we cannot even consider the opinion  of others.  Is it my imagination  that the TV commentators and even our elected leaders seem to  argue over everything?  There is definitely  too much blaming and not enough listening.  Perhaps all of us could use a healthy dose of humility to take away some our stubborn pride.

I am certainly not smart enough to have the answers to these issues, but I do know that each of us can only fully control one person…ourself.  Each of us is a full time job.   Perhaps if we individually practice the qualities we extoll at Christmas; love, peace, good will, joy, understanding, empathy, and so much more,  then we can make our little world a much nicer place.   Perhaps we need to be less concerned about our rights and just do what is right. If enough people follow that simple path, imagine how much nicer our world can become.

“Everything you do matters.  Every move you make, every action you take…matters. Not just to you, or your family, or your business or hometown.  Everything you do matters to all of us forever” 

Andy Andrews, The Butterfly Effect

 Rejoice!  It is Christmas.  Share your joy and love to everyone you meet.  Practice good will to ALL men.  Live in peace within your world.  And do it all year long.  Wow! Now that’s what I would call a great Christmas present for all of us.

 Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year too.




  1. Gary Byrum Auburndale, Florida says

    Well said, Mort. That approach and attitude is why The Hemlock Inn is our favorite place to visit. The addition this year of Ashley and her mantra of “Choose Joy” just adds to your comments and your hope for our nation.
    We wish nothing but the best for you, your family and your staff for 2015 and beyond.