My Holiday note is a little late this year, been quite busy settling into our new home after lengthy preparations and a challenging 2500 mile move. However things are fairly together now and we’re looking forward to the Holidays. Thanks to Jutta our tree is up and decorated, featuring, as always, a Santa Claus ornament my Mother managed to smuggle out of East Germany when we escaped from there in 1949. It’s a little worn but holds special memories, because it’s a gift from the family that gave my Mother and I shelter for 5 years after we arrived there as refugees from East Prussia. Their kindness made an early impression on me and that little glass Santa reminds me of their generosity of spirit, something I’m trying to nurture in myself, although It’s admittedly a work in progress. At this time of year however, it seems to come a lot easier, I guess it’s the season and I’m glad of it.
This touring year, once again, was a very enjoyable and successful one for The Wolf, thanks as always to the support of the faithful and the good efforts of everyone at “Wolf World”. However the private lives of several of our people and some of our supporters, had some very difficult twists and turns and I hope the Holidays prove to be peaceful and uneventful for all concerned and that the new year brings no more trying and unpleasant surprises.
For that matter, I wish the same for all of us and all of you. Considering the state of the world we live in, it would be plenty to be thankful for, if we are granted peace and some tranquility in 2007. And while the “prince of peace” is certainly not the only one who preached tolerance, compassion, forgiveness and generosity, considering his birthday will soon be celebrated by so many, I don’t think it’s inappropriate to be mindful of those teachings, particularly at this time, and to apply them wherever an opportunity presents itself. The need is great, the abandoned, betrayed, forgotten, abused, ill and hungry many, both human and critters also. If at times the need overwhelms us and we feel our efforts won’t make a difference, then perhaps it helps to recall what Mother Teresa once said:
“Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love”
So let’s spread a little love around. I’m sure every one of us knows someone in need of it. Hope to see you somewhere on the road in 2007.