Christmas 2017 – The Message is simple . . .

Christmas 2017 – The Message Is Simple . . .
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Christmas 2017 will mean many things to many people.

Not everyone in Australia will celebrate Christmas as a religious observation. It may be because it is not part of their religious beliefs or it may be, that they have no religious beliefs at all.

Yet it is a time of the year where we should all celebrate for it is a moment when we can reflect upon ourselves, our families and our relationships. We can reflect on our own journey and how we have connected with others and the wonderful moments this has created.

Fortunes come and go and for some of our fellow Australians their fortunes may be down. For some Christmas as a time of the year, brings about stress and sadness when they are reminded of what they have never had or may have had and lost.

This is a wonderful country, and sometimes we struggle to make it a country of equality and fairness when forces that seem unmovable, work against creating that equality and fairness.

There is much injustice and most of it we seem powerless to overcome. However, I am reminded of a quote from Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States. He said, 

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Our thoughts and beliefs are very powerful. There is a belief that we create the reality around us through our thoughts.
So the message is simple.  Think goodwill, embrace with joy and love those who you care for.  But share a little of that love at this time of the year for those who you may not know, but who are in so much need.
We don’t change the world through massive intervention, we change the world one person at a time.
Christmas is indeed a fine time to remember that despite the ills and woes that surround us, each of us does have the power to reach out to one person, to share a kind word, to share a kind deed to even share a kind thought.
Who will you reach out to?
A Merry Christmas from all of us that work at and through the Toorak Times and our Arts mag – TAGG.
Rob Greaves – [Senior Editor, Toorak Times]


Rob Greaves

I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times until 2023, when I retired. I now work as a special features contributor for both the Toorak Times and Tagg. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were actually printed on paper) as well as working in the film industry, as the Film Unit manager on Homicide for several years. I also have extensive experience in audio production and editing.

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