Some of you may know that I work as a senior editor at Greek Reporter. My job every single day requires me to put up the news, which most of the time is very difficult news to tell indeed. Not a day goes by that my eyes aren’t filled with tears and on many days, stories of poverty, death, war and suffering children consume me; so much so, that on most days I feel guilty just being me. After becoming a mother this feeling of consciousness intensified; many parents who read this will surely understand. I see the world through different eyes — through my child’s eyes.
While it’s true that not everyone is as lucky as most of us are, for this holiday season I invite you all to be comfortable with feeling pure and complete happiness. I invite all of you to be grateful for the gift of your life, your freedom, employment, a warm house and the food on your table. As you share these special days with family and friends, take a moment to look around you and indulge in the pleasure of thinking about absolutely nothing else, other than how lucky you are in that single moment. Allow yourself to experience unbelievable, crazy, over-the-moon joy.
As a New Year’s resolution I propose for all of you to continue being a tiny, yet beautiful part of this entire world. Connect with what is happening around you so that you may remember that many – although not all – of the tears you shed and the frustrations you endure are trivial and not worth focusing on. Do not let people who are truly suffering in the world suffer in vain; allow them to be a part of your soul so that you may remember your gifts and find true happiness within.