Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Holiday Discrimination

hol·i·day n.

A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.

Read the definition above and riddle me this: why do we choose to only celebrate certain holidays? I, for one, celebrated Passover AND Easter this year. I celebrated Channukah and Christmas last year and for the past 23 years. I even celebrated Good Friday. Hell, it's called Good Friday! Have you ever had a lousy Friday? Rarely. But when you do, don't you yearn for the day when you have a really GOOD Friday? To make it Good you know what I did? I didn't go to work because my office was closed. It didn't require smearing ash on my head, putting my physical body in a church or eating special food. It simply required having a smile on my face.

Hell, every day should be Good Day.

But I digress. Why should religion dictate which holiday we can and can not celebrate? Why not use them all to our advantage? It's my belief that God/Master of the Universe/Great Spirit in the Sky is all about relaxation. The spirit invented that extra day just for chillin' out didn't it?

I'll keep this post brief because the point is really quite simple and clear: the next time you get a chance to celebrate life do it. If it happens to be on your calendar marked in ALL CAPS and named after an historical event, famous figure or seasonal occurrence then, please, for the good of the universe, take some time out and send your appreciation into the great energy source of being. We'll all be better off for it and you don't even need to put in for a formal leave of absence from your life to participate.

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