Christmas is here a holiday for which many wait for all year long.
As a child, the anticipation can be overwhelming.
First, the idea is implanted that a fat jolly elf will visit in the night and leave each good girl and boy their heart's desire.
The child is told to wait.
Once the story fades, older children go on a safari in search of the presents in the back of the parents closet.
They can't wait to know if they will get what they asked for.
We're all told to wait for various milestones in our life.
Wait to have sex.
Wait to drink.
Wait to drive a car.
Wait to vote.
Wait to marry.
There are however life events where waiting spells disaster.
We don't wait to save a person who is drowning.
We don't wait to put out a fire.
We don't wait to see if the roof will fall in during an earthquake.
We don't wait to catch a person who is falling.
Or do we?
If we know of a person whose life is on the edge do we remain silent?
Do we hold a judgment that the person deserves their fate?
Do we tell ourselves that they must have done something wrong and they are being punished?
If a child is choking do we turn our backs and tell ourselves they don't believe in the same god like me, so they deserve to die?
No, we act immediately, we don't wait.
What are we waiting for when it comes to taking care of each other?
Love demands more.
To follow love every aspect of it's meaning will fill your life.
It is not always pleasant.
It will nag you.
It will push you.
It will whisper to your conscience to do more.
It's easy to like those you know.
A child does that.
But love asks more of us the older we get.
It asks us to be aware of the suffering, of the fear, of the hopelessness around us and it asks us to act.
Waiting on someone or something else to make life better is a self-imposed delusion of conscience.
We are all only guaranteed this time this place this space.
That's precisely why life is precious.
That's why all the children, all the adults, all of us need each other to make a better world.
The milk of human kindness is felt best at this time of year.
It's the time when the spirit of love can speak through the roar and din of life and reach our understanding.
With a little determination, with a bit of practice, the reach of love can extend beyond this time.
With a little help from all of love's friends, a brotherhood of humanity can be now.
You don't have to wait.