Every Christmas, I see a great deal of goodwill and cheer.
I love the warmth and giving, from both afar and near.
In World War I, at Christmas, soldiers stopped fighting each other,
And for a little celebration and football game did they briefly gather.
Doesn’t this show, that within our hearts lies a basic goodness?
Expressed in acts of gentleness, tenderness, and kindness.
This goodness may be obscured, as with clouds of darkness;
Often we only see, and focus on, each other’s badness.
In the stiller times of this season, may we take a moment
To recognize the basic goodness in us, our endowment!
This goodness expresses itself in the desire to be happy;
The longing not to suffer that makes us so unhappy.
This innate goodness is shared by every human being;
From it springs the love and compassion that at Christmas we are seeing!
To discover this goodness within is a key to life’s fulfilment;
It’s indeed an insight and understanding that is very potent.
It avoids the needless torment of seeing another as the opponent;
Instead, we’ll see a oneness, with all humans an at-one-ment!
As we deeply ponder this truth, we touch on one of life’s mysteries;
In all the stresses of life, this is something that not everybody sees.
So, as we enjoy the friendly attitudes at this time of year;
Isn’t a basic, universal goodness displayed before us here?
To me, the smiles, sharing with the needy, the love at Christmas,
Shows the good heart within us – oh, let me not dismiss this!
May you have the best Christmas you’ve ever had with friends and kin;
And, where you, too, may discover the treasure buried within!