Merry Little Christmas

Merry Little ChristmasThis morning, Santa brought an easel for my little nephews and put it under our tree. Santa forgot, however, to supply the dry erase markers that are much needed for the easel. First, we searched the house—to no avail. Second, we made a list of places that might be open this Christmas morning who would sell dry erase markers—knowing full well that none of us had any intention of going to any store on Christmas Day. Finally, we got creative with some magnet letters and managed to spell out Merry Christmas on the easel board for my nephews. It’s imperfect, and they’re going to love it.

And this brings me to another moment this week: During the church Christmas pageant, one little boy had a bit of a meltdown and refused to play his part. He’d practiced and practiced with the other little kids, but when the big moment came (actually, it was about fifteen minutes before the big moment), he wouldn’t go on. Instead, while the rest of the kids were in front of the church singing, his father rocked him in a chair in the back to comfort him while his mother looked on, with the little lamb costume in her hands that would go unworn this year. Seeing this, I smiled and thought to myself, “This is Christmas.”

It can be a day when plans come to fruition, or a day when things go wrong and we think outside the box to make them right. We think with love. We smile at the cracks and the lines and tender imperfections because we’re humans and that’s what we do. And life goes on. Because the show doesn’t have to.

Have yourselves a… Well, you know.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. To learn more about her current writing projects, or for ways to donate toward their completion, see

The Daydreaming Employee

photo-3I remember an old boss of mine telling me a story of a company owner whose office was positioned so he could see the office windows of his employees. One particular employee spent time every day with his arms behind his head and his feet up on the desk. This became the employee the owner would seek out on his window watch. While others were working, this employee was goofing off. One day, he called in his assistant and asked, “What does that man think he’s doing? Who is he? Why does he have a job here?”

The assistant answered, “That’s Tom. He takes time right before lunch every day to think.”

“Thinking? Looks like daydreaming to me,” the owner scoffed.

“He might be,” the assistant said. “But it works.”

Then the owner blinked. “Wait, Tom? That can’t be. Tom has the highest productivity every month,” he said, and rifled through is papers.

“Yes, that’s him,” said the assistant. “And he’s been bringing innovative ideas to the meetings. He also comes in earlier and leaves later than everyone else. That’s the guy.”

The owner thought for a moment. And then he asked, “Can we get everybody doing this?”

Hard work isn’t always enough. Sometimes you have to get creative.

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