All I Want for Christmas is… um…


posted by on Reflections From a Difficult Market

Couple of days ago I was tagged by Linda Jandura for the latest meme-thingee going around Active Rain.  “What do I REALLY want for Christmas?” if money were no object and the law wasn’t standing in my way. Oh, and you can’t say something obvious like “Peace on Earth.” Linda tagged me because she said “I know she’ll be honest!” Whoa – there’s some pressure!

Okay, I’ll give it a shot.

Seems easy enough. I’m not so old that I don’t remember the thrill of putting together my Christmas list with every expectation that it would be fulfilled!

But, um, I’m having trouble with it. If someone were to drop a $10,000 or $50,000 or $100,000 check on my head right now, I can’t think of anything I would want to run right out and buy. Weird, huh? No, not because I have every material thing I want, but because what I want more than anything right now is…


Not necessarily world peace, although if I could buy that with my $50k, I’d certainly consider it. No, rather, I want some peace in my own little self-absorbed world. Financial peace, emotional peace, spiritual peace, professional peace. Some might even call it boredom! An absence of worry and fret.

What does this peace look like? Oh, it’s little things, like figuring out what’s wrong with my fancy printer, and teaching Baba not to jump on visitors. Bigger things like finally getting a squatter renter the hell out of my house without destroying it in the process, and getting the SWS bookstore back up and running. Really big things like not worrying about how the newly declared recession is going to affect my livelihood (and yours, my dear friends).

Don’t get me wrong – I’m mature enough to know that today’s stresses will be resolved… and then replaced with tomorrow’s. But since it’s Christmas… and Linda asked… That’s what I want. If I can’t ask for Peace on Earth, well, then, I’ll ask for Peace on Vrain Street!