Christmas in July

I was recently in an airport and found myself with an Christmas in Julyunexpected two and a half hour layover. As I often do in such situations I put my headphones on, turned my MP3 on random selection and began to wander the halls. I soon found myself humming a Christmas song. I know it is a Christmas song because I got it off a Christmas Album. Plus I only hear it around Christmas time and this is the source of my consternation.

I like this song-like the words and the sentiment. I found myself asking why do we hear and sing this song a few weeks a year. The song goes like this.

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be…With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow; to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

It’s not overly religious; God is mentioned one time- that’s it. So why only once a year? I would like to see peace in my life, global peace. Peace between people of all faiths and beliefs, maybe not in my generation- but the generation of our kids. It seems to me we will be a lot more likely to succeed if we teach and sing this song, say these words, and hold this vision all year long. What a great gift to give our kids. We hear about war, every night on the news. We will never achieve peace by focusing on war. Imagine if we spent as much time on and focused on peace with the same frequency and verve.

PS- Christmas is celebrated in July in many cultures- so why not peace.

I wish you Peace, Jim

About the Author

Jim is a transportation safety expert with more than 40 years in both the emergency medical services and the school bus industries. Jim is a former member of the PedSafe Expert team and is proud to have been one of the original contributors to more than 13 years ago.


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