Banners That Hang on Shapeless Walls

Why is it that many of us become so reflective during the holiday season? What is it about the end of the year that has most of us taking stock of our lives? And why is it that during these evaluations, we only seem to notice what we don’t have? Or what we haven’t done? Or who we haven’t become?

I’ve got a rule. I’m not great at following it, but still, I’ve got a rule–and, no, this rule doesn’t prohibit me from looking back on my life. After all, it’s impossible to drive without taking a peek in the rear-view mirror every now and then. But my rule does pertain to the act of looking back. Whenever I do so, I’m not allowed to critique the journey. I’m only allowed to admire the view.

No lamenting decisions made, paths not taken, or (perceived) opportunities missed. Such reflections fill one with irrational regrets, and such regrets are filled with darkness. And thanks to my rule, darkness is of no use to me. When’s the last time anyone was wowed by a glimpse of the Grand Canyon in the pitch-black night? For me to admire whatever it is I see in my rear-view, I need a lot of light.

Light brings the world to life by casting its revealing presence upon the images, events, and people that define it. Light illuminates so that we may take notes on all that is around us, and in turn convert those notes into memories, the most precious of which hang like banners on the shapeless walls that line our souls. Light touches our essence and allows us to associate images with feelings. Light allows us to admire whatever it is we see in our rear-view.

Below you’ll find what I’m seeing in mine: a little home-made video I made of A, B, and C on Christmas night, 2008. My rule encourages me to watch this video. There are no regrets hidden within–only joy which gives me a genuine admiration of one magical night in my lifelong journey, a journey I’m navigating the best way I know how.

This is one of the precious memories that hangs like a banner on the shapeless walls that line my soul. Memories like this one are what I want to focus on each and every holiday season. How about you? Merry Christmas!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEjenc4z6YA]

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

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  • http://ciarasramblingsandwhatnot.com ciara

    haha cute :0) kids do have a way of lighting up our lives, don’t they? merry christmas!

  • http://ciarasramblingsandwhatnot.com ciara

    haha cute :0) kids do have a way of lighting up our lives, don’t they? merry christmas!

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad (Luke, I am Your Fa

    Very cute John. Merry Christmas to the whole gang.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad (Luke, I am Your Father)

    Very cute John. Merry Christmas to the whole gang.

  • Nicki

    Fantastic rule!!!!

  • Nicki

    Fantastic rule!!!!

  • http://dadlogic.wordpress.com dadlogic

    You’re really talented at making these videos.

  • http://dadlogic.wordpress.com dadlogic

    You’re really talented at making these videos.