This is the official warning to all readers.
We do not wish to offend so we are now publishing this official warning to the Internet;
We Celebrate Holidays on this here Blog Thingy.
In the past we have been reprimanded for such behavior. So we decided to post this warning in order to relieve ourselves of holiday liability.
First there was Christmas (the almighty lightening rod of all holidays). We have apparently offended some interneters through the use of the words Christmas & Xmas (man did Xmas cause an uproar!) We also offended some by wishing readers a Happy Chanukah and/or Hanukkah. Oh …and don’t let me forget the rant I received on a post about my God Son’s performance of the Nutcracker. The language of that comment alone could have earned the blog an adults only warning and possibly put Fearsome on an FBI watch list. He’s a kid for Christs’ sake, if he wants to dance the Nutcracker, let him.
Halloween is a boogie man as well. Some decided to reprimand The Beard as they apparently consider it pagan. Really? No! Tell me it ain’t so. Just for the reaction next year I’m adding Dia De Los Muertos! On the pagan subject let us not forget what happens when we dare mention the words Solstice, Holiday or even the fictional Festivus in the month of December….pure entertainment at its best I tells ya.
This years New Years wish was overwhelmingly well received….Oh wait…except this one who seemed to miss the Father Time/Baby New Year theme and recommended that an “adults only” warning should proceed Fearsome’s blog.
So far the heart holiday has made it through without any drama, so far.
Now as the avid readers you are you know what’s coming. A holiday about some guy who got named a Saint just because he chased all the snakes off of a North Atlantic island. Look I ain’t so sure about this story, if I was a naked snake on a North Atlantic island it sure wouldn’t take a Saint to convince me to leave for a warmer climate. Do not fear though as we here at Fearsome Beard aren’t going to leave out any holiday just because the story about it’s origins it isn’t quite plausible. So yes there will be some Irish, and near Irish, blessings coming your way this very week.
Watch out though as on the horizon we have a holiday about a resurrection that for some odd reason is celebrated with a bunny that hides dyed chicken eggs. Folowing just a month after the bunny one is holiday about a culture south of the United States border, that isn’t even celebrated in that culture. The summer holidays seem to go off without a hitch as at least until this point in American history their point is still somewhat plausible, after November it’s anyone’s guess.
We post this warning with the intention that readers will hopefully see the humor in it, the humor in most holidays and the intended humor ahead. Fearsome Beard is a blog for contemplation and personal growth. We love comments. Comments that agree and disagree. We find growth through good honest discussion.
Now get ready for some leprechauns and pots of gold…just follow the rainbows!
Today is Easter. It’s not a big holiday for me. I was raised in a Christian environment but as a child that whole story of the crucifixion, tomb, annoitning the body and then rising from the dead thing I found a little, well … ahem… Scary. We didn’t even have The Walking Dead back then and I still found it disturbing.
The other day I mentioned to a friend that I didn’t get in to Easter. She said she understood but she loved it. She went on to explain that she looked at it as a time of rebirth. Not a Christian ressurection, but a time where the earth renews itself. Everything comes to life in the spring and she celebrates that new life at Easter.
Her wonderful comment got this beard contemplating. What might Easter mean to me? What of Jesus? Death? Resurrection? Spring? Renewal? Religion? Non religion? Spirituality? Rebirth? Seasons?
Seasons cycle, as does life. I’ve had many cycles in my life and hope that I have many, many more. What her comment has done for me was to stop me, bring me into the present to appreciate the cycle I am currently in. It just so happens that I’m in a bit of a springtime cycle of renewal at the moment. I need to appreciate where I am, right now. I will use today, Easter, to celebrate my own springtime yet again.
The mind of this beard has also contemplated what little he knows of the one whom Christians reference this particular church holiday. What do I understand about this Jesus?
I understand a message. A message of love, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, respect, peace and equality. I remember stories learned in Sunday school about a man who came from humble beginnings. Who strived to spread a good message. Who walked with the undesirables. Who Loved and healed through love. Who accepted. Who tried to make life better for those he met. Who shared and taught others to share. I remember lessons of how we should treat each other that would enrich both our own lives as well as those around us.
Looking back, I see that from these lessons, I learned something that today I call Grace. To live in grace I do not judge, I am not better than, I accept, I love, I share, I understand, I am compassionate, I respect, I give, I strive for peace.
I’m not here to debate religion. I’m only here this moment contemplating a message. The message I took from the church I was introduced to as a child. I am spiritual, but I don’t practice a religion or attend church. I don’t believe I have to, to live a good life. I believe everyone has the right to, or not to, if that’s what resonates with them.
Happy Easter to you, whatever it means to you.