Michael Battalio

Friday, December 25, 2009

Eighth Annual Christmas Mass E-mail

Greetings and Salutations,
        Welcome to the Eighth Annual Christmas Mass E-mail.  I hope everyone is well.  
        I don’t know about all of you, but for me, not only do the years go by faster and faster, but they get busier and busier as well.  There always seems to be something to do or something that needs to be accomplished - never any time to take a step back and just be.  Tomorrow I’m going to do that; I’m going to spend some time pausing and reflecting.  I invite you to do the same.  Reflection can go a long way towards contentment, and I think we could all use a bit more of that.
        Once again, congratulations to all of you who have really done something amazing this year, whether it’s finishing a degree, getting married, finding a new passion in life or any other accomplishment.  But never be satisfied.  Always strive for more.  Always question, learn, grow; otherwise, what’s the point?
        As my present to you this year I’ve uploaded some arrangements of Christmas tunes.  Some are me just being goofy; others are pretty okay.  You can find them at http://www.battalio.com/battalioxmas.html
        And that’s all I’ve got this year.  Enjoy the season, appreciate the little things, and take the time to give yourself some credit for making it as far as you have.  Let me know how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished; it’s half the reason I send this every year.

And the joke...
A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
“But why,” they asked, as they moved off. 
“Because”, he said, “I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

        Merry Christmas,

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