After the garage sale we left some items on the sidewalk with a sign saying “Help yourself!” It was a week before Christmas. A few days later, we passed a homeless man in the street. He was wheeling a shopping cart full of odds and ends. There on top of his trolley, with pride of place, was our old plastic Christmas tree, decorated with tinsel and colored balls. You can imagine how that made us smile. A little glimmer of hope in this man’s miserable life.
This is what Christmas is about. It’s not about saving the world. It’s about honoring the moments when humanity and kindness overcome despair. In the words of Joseph Campbell,
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.