This week’s Friday Five theme is the holiday wish list. Since I’ve been publishing a few different gift guides over the past couple of weeks, I’ve already shared a lot of great gift ideas that you can find here (generic but thoughtful gifts), here (gifts for the person who has everything), here (gifts for foodies) and here (gifts all found online). I originally was writing a post about material things that I’d love to receive this year but felt really compelled to switch it up. This year, I’d like to share five things that are on my wish list that can’t be purchased. Yes, it’s a little bit cheesy, but it is heartfelt. Per usual, I’m linking up with my girls Cynthia and Mar for the #Friday Five on this holiday weekend. You can read our linkup rules here. Have a great weekend!
- Compassion. Right now there is so much negativity being spread that I would love to see folks exercise some compassion for those around us. I would love for people to remember that truly, there isn’t an “other.” We are all people sharing space on this planet.
- Education. I firmly believe that some of the lack of compassion that is being seen is a direct result of lack of education. People often fear what they don’t understand and not understanding is often due to a lack of education and exposure. Education is a problem everywhere, but there are some serious issues in education in the United States and my hope and prayer is that we make positive strides here. As I write this the President is preparing to sign the new education bill, the Every Student Succeeds Act. This bill is the result of an overhaul of No Child Left Behind, which was, essentially, a huge failure. I don’t pretend to be an expert in education policy, however, I’m hopeful that as we move forward we can improve education here in the U.S. and people will choose to continue to educate themselves for their entire lives. We live in a world where you can read multiple accounts of the same story instantly and take those accounts and then analyze them based on what you know and what you read. While no media source is completely unbiased, having the advantage of being able to scrutinize multiple sources is in incredible resource. In this day and age, there really is no reason that we shouldn’t be highly educated.
- Faith. My faith is a central tenet in my life and the one thing I’m always sure of. I strongly think that everyone should have faith in something that is bigger than themselves. For me, that’s Jesus Christ and the Church. For others, that might be something different and I completely respect that. I just think that having faith in something bigger than oneselves really helps one to see the bigger picture.
- Peace. Oh man. This is a big one, but you know, part of #3 is believing that anything is possible and I do believe peace is possible.
- Connection. The holidays is a really lonely time for lots of people and my heart aches for those dealing with loss, loneliness and a sense of sadness during this wondrous season. My wish and prayer this holiday season is that those are feeling this way find some type of connection that helps that through this season.
What do you wish for as this year ends?