Friday, December 23, 2005

Free Yourself From From Christmas?

Freedom From Christmas

Sleazons Greedings! [ as an old girlfriend of mine used to say.]

If you celebrate Christmas, ultimately, as with everything else in your life, it is because you choose to.

No-one forces you to buy, or even accept presents, visit relatives, send cards, attend office parties etc etc., you do it because you want to - based on what you [possibly mistakenly] see the consequences of not going along with the crowd amounting to.

My own life has improved dramatically [despite the difficulty this year in finding non-christmassy things to do and folks to associate with]since I stopped going along with the whole deal, because I made a decision based on my own values, which is not the same as saying that you should/could do what I did, because you are a unique individual with your own value system.

In order to stop, its "only" necessary to realistically assess the true costs [ie the over all price, consisting of elements such as alienation from friends, relatives and aquaintances, loss of prestige at work etc.], versus the true gains[ no more worry over christmas card lists and presents, no more re-gifting, no more pretense, monetary savings, possible new friends who admire your new found honesty and independence, etc. etc. ], and if the gains outweigh the losses, to go ahead and take drastic action -now.

So it is important to get an accurate picture of the losses and gains before you make a decision, no different than with any other area of your life, and then take action based on what the scales of your own personal value system tell you after your close analysis.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Hello, good evening and welcome! I'm just finally getting this blog thing up and running today [12/17/05], after making drastic changes to my website front page. To see the links that were used in the original stories that I loaded from my old front page and blogged here in the previous post just to get something up to start, please go to:

I'll be right back- promise!