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December Holiday Note from Ned

Holidays.  December.  Does it bring out the Scrooge in you or the celebratory Santa Claus, or a little bit of both?

I’m feeling light-hearted today, actually looking forward to the fun and chaos that this month always brings, especially in its second half.  I have some surprises for my family, and I have some exciting projects in my work, so I feel quite lucky, even blessed, although I can always find things to complain about.

That’s pretty much the state we all live in, don’t you think?  Blessed to be alive, but dealing with something we could complain about.  It’s just not in human nature to be very long without aggravation.

I try to teach myself not to complain.  I often repeat the words of a very wise rabbi (is there any other kind?) who said, “Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have.”

But I can also be Scroogey and say bah-humbug to all that and settle into a grumpy, complaining mood.  Just ask my wife!  I don’t know how she puts up with me.

But that’s also sort of what life is like.  We are all hard to put up with sometimes.  And, if we are lucky, we find people who are willing to put up with us nonetheless.

My dog–our family’s dog–Ziggy, on the other hand, is never hard to put up with, except when he poops indoors.  Ziggy pretty much brings unconditional love wherever he goes.  Dogs really are superior to humans in pretty much every way.

Would I like to trade places with Ziggy?  No.  But I am deeply grateful he is in our lives.  So are all our friends.  Everyone loves our little Jack Russell named Ziggy.

Ziggy is the anti-Scrooge, the perfect remedy for the blahs and blues.  He will lick them right out of you.

Aside from adopting a canine life, I guess I, like most of us, am stuck with being human.  It’s a curious state, being human, full of surprises, stresses, and pleasures galore.

My message to you all in this holiday season is the message I send to myself.  Enjoy as best you can, share all you have, and remember, there’s much more to this life than any of can ever understand.

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