Sunday, December 6, 2015

So This is Christmas

Happy Xmas (War is Over)
By John Lennon and Yoko Ono

So this is Christmas

And what have you done

Another year over

And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas

I hope you have fun

The near and the dear ones

The old and the young

A very merry Christmas

And a happy New Year

Let's hope it's a good one

Without any fear

John Lennon wrote this song in 1971 as a protest against the Vietnam War. I’ve always liked it especially since it has the Harlem Community Choir as back up to give it a beautiful, full sound.

The song also challenges the listener. So I ask myself—what have I done?

I’ve decided that I’ve not done too badly. I’ve been going through my certification program, which if things go as I hope, I’ll finish in February. I’ve been trying to write. I’ve been dealing with my daughter starting high school and helping her adjust and move through her grief at leaving her beloved elementary school behind. Seeing the changes in my parents and realizing that I won’t have them forever.

A friend at work who I have known for many years recently told me that I seem stronger physically than I was a year ago. I do feel stronger. There have been days that I was so exhausted I felt like I couldn’t take another step. Sometimes, on the weekend, I’ll sleep at night for twelve hours. Back to back hospital stays weaken the body like nothing else can.

But I’m moving forward to the rest of my life. My war is over for now. I’m hoping for a happy Christmas. I’ve made it through to the other side. But there will always be challenges. And sometimes those challenges feel overwhelming. But I’m finding more and more that I’m able to handle it again.
Two years ago, in the midst of my surgeries, I couldn’t take on much more than what was right in front of me. I was afraid of every bump in the road being that one thing which would put me under. It’s a good feeling to get back some of my former strength, or maybe even emerge stronger than before.


  1. This is so inspiring, Lisa! You've done a lot, and continue to face your challenges beautifully. You definitely deserve to celebrate! :-)

    Thanks for kicking my week off to a great start!

  2. Ah, sweet resilience! The power of hope in dark times and holding on until the light shines again. What an inspiring story, Lisa. Glad strength is once again speaking to you in friendly terms!

  3. Hooray for Christmas, and for coming through the struggles! Merry Christmas, Rockville 8, and thanks for a year of great posts. I'm trying to get behind a new motto: "See the possibilities, not the problems."
    Marceline Miller (my name isn't "Anonymous" in spite of my identifier :) )

  4. Misha - Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it and found it a great start to the week. :)

  5. Thank you, Keely. Light a candle against the darkness, right?

  6. Marceline - Thank you for your comment! We're so glad that you've been following along with our journey. And I love your new motto. That's a good one for tough times. :)