It’s that time of year again. The Hallmark Channel loves Christmas movies and The Christmas Card is no exception. Released 8 years ago while I was still in the acting world, it was their highest rated program ever. I am grateful to have been a part of something that has touched so many. (They are airing it eleven times this season!)
The Christmas Card Experience for All of Us
Every holiday, I receive many store bought cards with little or no personal message. Why would anyone even take the time, money and energy to send these? I mean really… would you rather have a TV dinner, or a home-cooked meal? And here in lies the heart of the film: Faith sends a ‘personal’ greeting to an active duty soldier (me as Cody) and it makes all the difference in their lives. After a traumatic experience in battle sends Cody into a soul-searching journey, he goes on leave seeking the sender of a card that meant so much to him.
It’s easy to lose sight of what the holy-days represent. Ho ho how the holiday music and shopping machine seems to greet us earlier and earlier each year. To me, the story reflects that simple gestures from the heart can have a profound effect beyond what we can fathom. In a world where most of humanity is suffering to various degrees, we have the ability to transform the human condition when we are willing to step out of self-serving behavior and into family and community first.
Take Time for Yourself
The irony of this is that we are only truly able to put other’s needs first, when we have handled our own – much like putting our oxygen mask on first before we help others on the plane. So much of our past experience goes unresolved only to keep affecting our present. The Ancestral Clearing work that I offer allows one to make peace with the past by connecting with one’s higher power and come from the heart – to create a life worth living not just for ourselves, but for everyone we share this delicate planet with.