The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us and the parties, family gatherings and the like are keeping us pretty busy. We feel the coolness in the air, and the beauty of nature this time of year. It seems like a rebirth of sorts, as the earth prepares for the slumber of winter and the birth of spring. We even notice that people seem friendlier, and we somehow forget the frustration we have with everyday traffic. After all it is a time for giving and receiving, what could be better than that? As we reflect on this passing year, we are reminded that the world is not as tranquil as we think. We cannot watch the news without seeing that the world is chaotic, and we are not as kind to others, as we may think. Our differences, be they cultural, religious, or political has caused much pain, suffering and lost in the world. Our personal needs and wants for the holidays should not over shadow what is really important in life.