I've talked about the dangers of unrealistic hope. But I also know that doesn't stop us from having that kind of hope. So here is what I hope for for these holidays:
I hope all of you have holidays filled with respite and surrounded with people who love you and who you love.
I hope that there is a real Santa and he is rainbow colored and that he fills all of our stockings with love and gratitude (and a tiny little human that can help me fix my computer whenever I need it).
I hope your alcoholic uncle has joined AA and will be sober this year.
I hope your crazy hyperactive sister-in-law has taken tai chi and is now mellow.
I hope that the martyr in your family comes to your door and says that she finally took everybody's advice "and I really did get a life like you told me to"!
Most of all I really hope you find peace and gratitude located right in the center of your heart.