Four Holidays of the Apocalypse

 

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day are hell for some
people.  They’re all about gathering and love and gifts.  Who
knows how many people genuinely enjoy them.  They are stressful;
think of the family arguments, the stress of choosing the right present
and the challenges to a person’s budget. Think lonely hearts and
grieving exes. 
Give yourself permission to ignore
the holiday, take a year off from holidays, pretend you’re from a
culture that doesn’t celebrate those American holidays… Find new ways
to spend the days. On Thanksgiving, go somewhere outdoors that’s usually
too crowded.  You’ll have the place to yourself.  On
Christmas, go to a Chinese restaurant.  On New Year’s go to bed at
10 and get up at 6. On Valentine’s Day, go to the zoo. Get a joke book
out of the library or go online and read a joke-of-the-day. Get
inventive.
Here are a few references I found
that made the idea of the four holidays of the apocalypse even funnier.
The
Four
Horsemen of the Apocalypse
are
described in the
last
book
of the New
Testament
of the Bible,
called the
Book
of Revelation
of Jesus
Christ
to Saint
John the Evangelist
at 6:1-8.
The chapter tells of a “‘book’, or ‘
scroll‘,
in
God‘s
right hand that is sealed with
seven
seals
“. The Lamb
of God
, or Lion of Judah, (Jesus
Christ
) opens the first four of
the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that
ride
out
on white, red, black, and
pale
horses.
Although some interpretations differ, in most accounts, the four riders
are seen as symbolizing
Conquest,[1]
War,[2]
Famine,[3]
and Death,
respectively. The
Christian
apocalyptic
vision is that the four horsemen are to
set a
divine
apocalypse
upon the world
as harbingers
of the Last
Judgment
.[1][4]
Retrieved
from the internet December 23, 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse
The
Four Horses of the
Apocalypse
are some of the
mythical
creatures
unleashed in the
Red
Dead Redemption
Undead
Nightmare
DLC
pack. They are War,
Famine,
Pestilence,
and
Death.

Guilt

I think the positive purposes of guilt are to help us learn from our mistakes and remember the lessons we learned; and respect social norms and expectations. We take or refrain from certain actions in order to avoid guilt. That is usually a good thing. Otherwise, I don’t think that feeling guilty does anyone any good. I hate guilt when it doesn’t serve our well being. Feeling guilty does not set a good example for others. It’s so natural for us to feel guilt, as girls, women, and Americans. Guilt is a strong part of many other cultures too.
I want to protect those I care for and help them so they don’t feel guilty when they are not. Here is what I would wish, for the people I care for, when sad things happen in their lives: I wish that they would be allowed to really experience feeling sad and bad but have relief from feeling that what is happening is their fault. The people who really care about us aren’t glad when we feel guilty.
Here are a few thoughts to balance guilt: “I did my best in a difficult situation.” “I made the best choice I could from a set of bad options.” “I couldn’t see the future. If I could have I might have done differently.” To anyone living through difficult times, I’m so sorry you are going through this.