While this is a time for love and family, it’s also a time for self-reflection. As a lifelong North Dakota resident and small town girl, I’ve come to believe (regardless of what I was told), that we are all human beings and we’re only here for a short time. 

The meaning of life: the reason we’re here; is to make life better for those who come after us. Those who come after us are a melting pot (as this country was always meant to be). Those who come after us have to know the best way to be a human being. Religion, race, nationality; none of that matters. We are here to accept and learn from each other and to pass what we’ve learned on to our children. We are not the future. All we can do is guide them. 

So, as you claim your Christmas and yell that Jesus is the reason for the season, please remember that Jesus wanted peace, love, and acceptance. In other words, “let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” 

Peace and love to all of you. 

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