What does Advent mean to you? For most of us, it is a time of expectant waiting; for the joy of celebration or a longing for it all to be over!
The days of December may be marked by the chocolates from a calendar, increments of an Advent candle, or a countdown to the end of school term and a break from work.
For others though, it is not the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ as the song says, and it is easy to get frustrated by the feverish hype that suggests we can all access the ‘perfect’ Christmas.
Thinking more of the contemplative side of this anticipatory time, I enjoyed reading an Advent Virus post which circulated on the net some while ago. I have added a few points of my own: perhaps you have some too!
Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions.
Some signs and symptoms of the Advent Virus:
A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences
The ability to enjoy each moment
A loss of interest in judging other people
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others
A loss of interest in conflict
A loss of the ability to worry about outcomes we cannot influence
Frequent feelings of appreciation and gratitude
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature
A mind shift from negativity to positivity
Frequent attacks of smiling
An increasing tendency to generosity of heart, mind and spirit
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as an urge to extend it
A sense of joy in living in the light rather than being held in darkness
Feelings of compassion and empathy for those less fortunate
Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy and happy Christmas!