Wishing a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a joyous holiday season to all of my friends around the world. I hope the new year will bring you much happiness, peace, and love.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you’re able to spend time in peace with friends and loved ones, enjoying each other’s company and the sweet experiences life gives us when we remember the meaning and the love of this holiday season.
I went to a restaurant yesterday that advertises they hire special needs employees, and it really touched my heart to see how happy they were working, but also saddened me because it must be so difficult for those that aren’t fortunate to have a company like this. I spent my entire meal thinking about what I could do to help my community. So often we (or I, at least) spend too much time in selfish bliss that we don’t think about our fellow man, whether they’re family, friends coworkers, or most often, strangers. I really want to do something to help and am looking for suggestions. And I hope that during this season especially, but also as the holidays fade, that you will think about what you can do as well. I believe it was Ben Franklin that said service is the most important thing in life. I need to look at the world with more empathy. And I need to give more. Not only money, but charity, whether it’s time or love or whatever.
I was able to take a trip to the beautiful Uji River a little while ago. Moored along the concrete bank was a long line of red-tarped restaurant boats. It made for an interesting image, and I hope some day I’ll be able to return and have the opportunity to dine while taking the river cruise.
It’s been a wild ride of a month and I haven’t had a chance to post much, but that could really be said for the entire year. So much has happened. 2014 will open with a trip to Hong Kong. I’m not sure how long I’ll be there, but I hope I can do some painting during my stay. I’m excited and a little nervous, but I’m sure it will be a great experience. I imagine I’ll have internet access during my time there, but if not, see you next year!