I hope that you had a peaceful and stress free Christmas weekend.  Christmas is the celebration of God sending his only deified son to be born as one of us – a human – here on earth.  Christ’s birth, death and resurrection story is a view into our human condition and frailty – and a picture or way out of our rollercoaster and sometimes tragic ride and journey through life on earth.  The Christian story is one of reconciliation to ourselves, others and God.  It is the path to fullness of life.

On this long, lazy, reflective weekend, I found my way into two movies.   The first is the 1995 movie CRASH.  I highly recommend this film that weaves five family’s stories and their respective stereotypical view of their neighbors and other races.  CRASH points fingers at politics and racial prejudice from all angles.  Yes, there are some Christmas metaphors of redemption – but the movie tells a great story and makes you think.  Go for it.

I also surfed into The Sound of Music throughout last night.  Crimony, I’ve seen this movie so many times that there’s nothing new in it for me.  But, it did get me reflecting on memories – as I often do – the older I get.  The older I get, the greater my understanding and appreciation of history becomes.

I first saw this movie forty years ago in Seymour Christian School’s gymnasium.  The Sound of Music was made in 1965!  I was seven years old!  And 1965 was just 19 years after the end of World War II!  So the context and reality of that movie were vivid to its producers and the minds of adults of that day watching this new movie.   That’s like watching a movie today about the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism – Ronald Reagan saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  It’s like watching a Michael Jordan NBA finals comeback movie or the OJ Simpson trial decision.  I lived this stuff.  I remember it like yesterday.  This new context of history fascinates me.

Well, I tend to crank up the volume on significant songs during my TV viewing – causing a little drama at home and drawing attention from my wife.   I hit the throttle last night for Maria’s listening to Mother Abbess singing “Climb Every Mountain.”  Wow, the words struck me, too:

“Climb every mountain, ford every stream, Follow every rainbow, till you find your dream …”

To me, this is a metaphor for Maria’s spiritual and life journey.  Will Maria face and accept the challenge that is before her – or will she retreat to the abbey where life is safe and risk free?  We all know the story and how it ends.  Maria is redeemed from her humanity and frailty.  Maria accepts life’s spiritual and physical challenges.  I found the majestic ending with the Von Trapp family singing “Climb Every Mountain” as they head over the Alps inspiring during this Christmas season and at the end of this decade. 

Although the economy and business has turned around, my wife and I have faced some new challenges in this last year – and I don’t know what the next decade holds.  I am fairly certain that there will be some mountains to climb, there will be some streams blocking our path.  I choose to believe that there’s a dream at the end of that rainbow, though.  I choose to believe that we can climb that mountain.  In fact, I choose to believe that it’s exactly those challenges that bring fulfillment to life.

Do you?  Are you prepared to follow every rainbow?  Are you prepared and willing to face the next decade’s challenges ‘till you find your dream?’

I look forward to embracing and sharing that journey with you.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

Michael Ritsema
i3 Business Solutions, llc


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