'Twas the night before Christmas...

I remember as a kid getting excited about the Christmas cards and packages that would arrive in the mail filled with good wishes, updates, presents and (of course) chocolate from near and far. Now a days we send emails or connect on Facebook. But it's not the same. If I had all your addresses I would send you a card! (My address is Box 684 Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 in case you want to send me anything...!) For now this will have to do.

A little poem from me to you!
All the best over the holidays. Maybe see you in El Salvador!?

I honor you.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Gifts under the tree wrapped in cloth bags and twine,
This year’s savings donated to charities online.
With a fridge full of food to meet everyone’s needs.
No one here will go hungry. That is a guarantee.
With everyone together from north, south, east and west.
Having celebrated all night, we are ready to rest.
Lying cozy under the covers, feeling grateful for bed.
Knowing not all are as lucky to have a roof overhead.
With a startle and a shake, I woke from a dream.
A dream that was reality, or at least so it seemed.
People were inspired and excited for change.
Taking action on things with effects of long range.
Let’s face it. Us humans do only what we know how to do.
But our potential is potent. If only we knew.
The world is in a place with so much distress.
Imagine us in a place inspired to do only our best.
Life can be damn amazing, spontaneous and carefree.
But it can also be stressful, sad and lonely.
We’re in this together, all for one and one for all.
Come on world get ready for a big overhaul.
As I doze back to sleep, feeling encouraged and happy,
I reflect on my dream and what is important to me.
Family. Friends. Opportunity. And choice.
Feeling loved, appreciated and knowing I have a voice. 
I hope that you too would like your voice to be heard.
That you will no longer let your potential be deferred.
May this next year be one of growth, inspiration and fight.
Happy holidays to all and to all a good night.

xo Nicole Lohse