I don’t celebrate Christmas, I’m not religious!”, said with conviction the guy across the table. He was talking with his colleagues, which happened to sit at the same table where I was having my lunch. “I don’t understand! We can make gifts to people all year round, why should we spend so much money now?!”, added another. Their discussion went on and on, but my mind has already been disconnected, rumbling on its own…
As someone who was raised with the Christmas tradition in the family (carolling, decorating the tree, preparing the food specialties together, giving and receiving gifts…), I enjoy this time of the year more for the great feeling it brings back … not as much as a religious holiday.christmas_2015
Yet, living in a multicultural country as Canada, with people from various cultures and traditions, I became more respectful of others’ opinions. Should I argue my point?! Should I accept theirs?! It really depends on situation, and what I want to bring forth. I’m not stuck in my own opinion, needing to defend it, nor am I willing to convince others just because … I believe in something!
It’s a great feeling to become more aware of the options we have, and choose the one that suits best the moment … for the greater (than just individual) good. Canada is a good environment to learn such lessons!
I wish others have the chance to be in a multicultural environment when no one imposes forcefully his own opinions, and everyone is open to hear and respect the others’ (knowing that being respectful doesn’t necessarily mean acceptance or giving up your own beliefs). Being open to other opinions enriches us all, ending up being more compassionate with fellow humans.

Wishing you Happy Holidays, and a great New Year 2016!
Gabriela

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Thoughts at the end of the year…
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