In my family, we have this simple tradition every time we reach end of the year.
It's Big-Cleaning time of the year.
We'd spend several days to clean most part of The House, wash curtains, and the list goes on. In a way, it has always been a big part of our way to welcome Christmas and to end the year. Philosophically speaking, it is our way to say that we don't want to bring the Bads of the passing year into the new year with us. Let's leave it behind and start fresh. It is kind of a symbol we'd like to keep.
Inside that long list, dealing with the curtains is one of the demanding ones. We need to take the curtains down, remove the hooks (the part that helps the curtains hang) one by one, wash the curtains, dry them, put the hooks on again, and hang it back. Washing them is not a big problem since there's machine that can help us. Taking them down and hang it back again are.
These curtains hang pretty high from our floor we need ladder to reach the upper part. When I take it off one-by-one from the hanger, I need to constantly look up while my arms reaching the hooks piece by piece. It requires some time of just looking up. Sometimes I just can't unhook parts of the curtain because I can't see it and it slows my work, meaning I have to keep looking up a bit longer. The similar thing goes when I have to hang it back. It sounds like an easy job, but actually positioning your head like that, looking up for quite some time will tire your neck and shoulders eventually makes you dizzy. Especially when you have to do that for a long period of time. Try it.
It reminds me of sermons that say 'Always Look up. Look to God'
It sounds very religious, and it is how we should be if we had any belief or faith. But, that experience with the curtains made me thinking further about this word 'always'. How would 'always' mean in another way of perceiving it? I can only think the most logical explanation would be that we are not to tire ourselves out by just solely looking up.
Look around! Look at people around us, look at your family, look at your neighbors, look at your friends, look at your classmates, or even look at the people who just passed you. Maybe care for them? Love others, He said.
My Filipino roommates once brought a complete stranger, a guy of our age, Japanese tourist, to our apartment to spend the night because he said he was about to spend the night waiting inside fastfood restaurant (that actually not 24-hour open). My friends bumped into him, had a quick chat, and offered him a bed for the night. This is a very simple deed but a very kind one. He told us a little bit of his story, and kept saying how grateful he was. I would definitely feel the same if I were him.
When I lost my father, my morale just went south all the time even after I got back from my hometown and back to school. The first day in class, my professor put his arm around my shoulder, tap my shoulder, and said 'I am sorry for your loss.' It was a very simple act probably a very spontaneous deed but turned out really comforting, made me feeling better afterwards.
Sometimes a very simple act could make anyone feel better. Best of luck, it might rejoice other people heart. Isn't it wonderful to live by peace.
I believe looking up to The Creator is a very important thing, and definitely a spiritual obligation. Moreover, we are also taught to pay attention to people around us, to care. Ultimately, to love.
Let's wish we could be more of a loving person from this day forward. The agent of peace. Any simple act of kindness would do.
Merry Christmas, everyone who celebrates.
He was born in a simple manner but for a majestic purpose.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6-