The Santa, Jesus, & Allah Loving Jew

Wait. If you find yourself gasping, maybe hang tight for a moment or two. It’s just,

I’m a believer.

I believe in love and goodness. I believe in looking toward joy rather than seeking dissonance. I love dissonance in music, but to choose dissonance where it doesn’t belong, is a kooky individual and sociological habit in my opinion.

Someone recently told me that I seem Christian or Christlike in my approach to life. From what I have learned about Jesus Christ, I take that as an enormous compliment.

Why would we NOT seek to do whatever it takes to bring harmony to others? Why would we NOT seek to forgive? I can only deduce that it appears our society has become addicted to distrust, anger and dissonance. Still, I remain hopeful.

If I really think about it, aren’t we all Christ, Buddha, Allah, Hashem, etc. or any other holy figurehead, just without the pomp and circumstance? I have an atheist friend who is as Christlike as anyone I have ever known. He’s likely rolling his eyes if he’s reading this, but my basic point is that he is a kick ass, humble human being who dedicates himself to repair of the world.

The goal of being a kind, humble human being dedicated to service to others through action, is really all I seek in this life. And because this is the main trajectory, I am generally at peace in many storms.

Just recently, I have been in a complete shit storm of pain and angst, mostly surrounding close loved ones. It has been hard to remain peaceful through it, but I just keep moving forward with my main goal of being an asset to humankind.

I’m not great and that isn’t false humility either. I just find myself responsible to NOT add to the flagrant negativity in this world. I seek to raise my daughters up the same way, and to try and help even a little, to repair a world that needs resuscitation. This isn’t greatness at all, but rather, simple, active decision making followed by succinct steps forward.

When my kids ask about Santa Claus, I tell them that I have always believed and still believe in Santa Claus. I believe in childlike wonder. This brings joy to me and to those around me. It seems like a win win belief.

I believe in the power of good in people and that it’s far stronger than the hardships that keep us down. I believe ALL human beings are inherently good.

I don’t see myself as a Pollyanna, but rather, a realistic optimist. If I don’t assess what is real, then I can’t really be helpful. Root causes of oppression are alive and not well throughout our world. I get this, but complaining about it on Facebook isn’t going to diminish the enormous problem.

Walking forward, giving love and forgiveness is a really good start in my opinion. I think if we start there, with dukes down, we have a fighting chance.

Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, and a Happy Festivus for the rest of us. Sure, let’s spend a moment airing our grievances, but let us focus more on our inherent feats of strength.

I love you and yes, I believe in Yoko and me, too, but a lot more than that, sweet John. Imagine that.

What we think, we become. — Buddha

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Author: PKW

Writer, Speaker, Facilitator, Trainer, Fundraiser, Strategist, Listener, and Lover of Humans. My love for humans and relationship building are a part of every single thing I do, except for maybe using the bathroom.

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