"Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue." -Izaak Walton
We are all in search of Good Company this holiday season. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's and all the others within these twenty-something remaining days are social avenues of expression that, within the spirit of friendship and family, can create an atmosphere of peace and joy and goodness and...
OK, I'm getting carried away. Sorry. I never wrote for Hallmark, likely that I never will, and I'm getting a little off point. Let's start again.
Good Company is wonderful. If you're lucky, everybody's in a good mood, not very stressed, hasn't been drinking, had a nap, has eaten or will shortly, and will remain on their best behavior all through your gatherings in order to maintain the spirit of the Holidays which everybody is so vigilant in their collective upholding.
Wow. This essay is just getting worse by the second. One more time.
If you're going to expect to have Good Company with you on any Holiday, be Good Company to them.
Here's the deal: I walk to the door of your house with an obligatory gift that I hope you like because I don't want to show up empty handed. You open the door. You have a smile that could light the bleachers at Wrigley, and you hug me hard enough to make my collarbone creak.
I can guarantee you that your greeting will put me in a mood that rockets me into being relaxed, easygoing, and welcoming. It will place me on the road of consideration. That kind of love awakens something in my soul. I will be Good Company from that moment.
Appreciation, feeling loved, valued, and part of the whole makes me feel great. I'll fit right in. I'm at ease. You just reset my emotional barometer.
So I'll make this brief, but direct: Set the tone with your love. Love your Company. You'll get Good Company in return. Every single time.