This can apply to any time of the year. Accomplishments, being liked, prosperity, even wealth are not bad within themselves provided you achieved them honorably. However they are fleeting, can come and go anytime, they are not fixed, not alpha and omega. Spirituality, spiritual core, objective well discerned spiritual truths that won’t be compromised are. I thought about this and in spite of the fibromyalgia and times like now where the IBS is acting up like crazy, I have pain everywhere, I have peace, total peace. My economic picture is not great, and if my mom were to pass, who lives with me, and her pension wasn’t there, I’d likely have to sell my coop and go into a 55 plus rental community or senior rental community in New Jersey. Yet, I am totally at peace with that possibility. Peace is perhaps the greatest gift God can give, spiritual centering can give. Not to say one shouldn’t have goals and direction in life, but if those material goals are the core of your life, identity etc…, that’s sad, truly sad. Let’s hope this Holiday Season we focus on what matters and into the New Year.