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So what if my knees are so battered that I can barely make it though a day of skiing before I have to hobble away in defeat? So what if my mountain of problems is still with me when I kick my boots off? Or that I remain all alone at the end of the day? I'm still a very lucky guy. And I remind myself of that every time I can.
So Merry Merry everybody. And make sure you count your blessings! More importantly, make sure you tell the ones you love just how important they are in your life. Hug your spouse for no reason. Give your kids a squeeze. Call up your parents. Send an e-mail to a friend just to say hello.
And if you are going through bad times this particular Christmas, stop for a moment and reflect on the good things you've got and how fortunate you are for living in such magical surroundings. It could always be worse.
I know. I know. I've said all this before. But believe me - given what I've been through these last few months, I figure this is a message that bears repeating.