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All I want for Christmas - a wishlist with a difference

Updated on June 19, 2016
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Globetrotter, author, and thinker with interests in environment, minimalism, health, dancing, architecture, décor, politics, and science.

All I want for Christmas

It’s that time of the year again, and I am browsing through the Sunday newspaper which is splashed with all sorts of goodies - none of which even touch the remotest sense of ‘want’ in me. No, what I want is not likely to come wrapped in a parcel alongside a Christmas tree. Instead it is something of substance, something that would change me as a person, something that would bring out a ‘me’ that lies buried beneath.

Tiny homes are comfortable, efficient, often portable, and most important, mortgage free. They represent freedom, freedom from debt, freedom from conspicuous consumption, and freedom to live a life of passion.
Tiny homes are comfortable, efficient, often portable, and most important, mortgage free. They represent freedom, freedom from debt, freedom from conspicuous consumption, and freedom to live a life of passion. | Source

Safety, security, opportunity, and love – that’s it!

I’ve never really felt safe; my life has been too violent and too stressful for that. So it would be nice to wake up Christmas morn and know that I will have a roof over my head for the rest of forever. That’s safety.

It would be nice to have the certainty that my odd persona would not get me kicked out of a job or that I had a liveable income for life. I wish the powers that be would legislate basic income. It would change the world. That’s security.

I’d also like to spend time doing things I love to do regularly – like dancing, or swimming, or seeing a movie. I’d also like to do some courses, but every time I ask the prices, I rethink my desire. That ever happen to you? Anyway, that’s opportunity.

And then there’s love. In my deepest heart of heart, I know two things. It was what I wanted most in days gone by, and now I know it’s something that I will never have. I am too odd, too old, too set in my ways, and to some extent, too particular in my tastes. I also remember the many who remind me, it’s not what’s on the outside, it’s the inside that matters. Needless to say my inside often jars others so I gave up on love.

Perhaps I'm being sneaky here, but isn't this what we all want when the dross is removed?

So I wrote a poem...

Basic, monthly, livable income

By guaranteeing everyone has at the very least, the minimum amount of voice with which to speak in the marketplace for basic goods and services, we can make sure that the basics needs of life -- those specific and universally important to all goods a
By guaranteeing everyone has at the very least, the minimum amount of voice with which to speak in the marketplace for basic goods and services, we can make sure that the basics needs of life -- those specific and universally important to all goods a | Source

All I want from life

It isn’t called ‘All I want for Christmas.’ It’s called ‘All I want from life.

Wouldn’t it be nice
If I could pay the price
Of all the things I liked.
I’d be highly psyched
To invite my friends to play
And focus on having a nice day.

The only way I see
That this can truly be
Is if some nice rich mogul
Whose lifestyle is truly global,
Donated a place for me to live.
But do people truly give?

They do, they do,
It’s perfectly true.
Generosity does exist
On that I will insist.
It makes my life easier,
The future definitely looks breezier.

It might not be Bill Gates or Carlos Sims,
Or some other billionaire with far reaching whims.
Instead it’s people like you and me,
Who dig deep to help those that they see
Are struggling just to stay alive.
It’s hard, sometimes, just to survive.

So as I note the things I’d like,
A home, a bigger income, and a bike.
I note them, then I think.
I can do without the mink.
I’m truly grateful that friends are there,
And alongside family, I will loudly blare,
Times are tough,
And often rough,
But with you and you and you and you,
My Christmas list I will review.
I am here cause you are there for me.
And simply that, enables me to be.

For Your Precious Love : Flames, Zayne Adams

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It's been a fortunate year in some ways...

As we draw near to the end of 2015, I know it's been a tough year for many (myself, included). I am reminded, however, that within all those days, there were people and times and places that knocked off the rough edge of life and made it pretty for a while.

I don't believe life is going to get any easier for us in the future as sufficient land, food, water, and shelter will become increasingly difficult for everybody to have. So some will suffer. With that in mind, I think the greatest thing we can give to others this Christmas is something that will contribute to their well being and survival in the future. It's also a good time to reaffirm bonds of friendship because in the final analysis, we live better when we live in safe, secure, and loving communities.

In the spirit of goodwill to all men, happy holidays.

© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger


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  • gerimcclym profile image

    Geri McClymont 

    5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your article. I feel so much happier since minimizing my possessions and trying to live a more simple life, and I too am thankful for friends and family who help make the way smoother through rough times.

  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    5 years ago

    Deborah Demander

    Universal Basic Income was first mentioned by Thomas Paine. With Artificial Intelligence and robots geared to take 50% of jobs within the next 5 years (and more after that), universal income is being widely spoken about in Europe.

  • Deborah Demander profile image

    Deborah Reno 

    5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    That was an interesting article. I can't say that I really want for anything. I have friends. Family. Not nearly enough money, but I've got my health. I can take a walk in the forest, just minutes from my home.

    I'd like to learn more about your one income idea. It sounds revolutionary.


  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    5 years ago

    Thank you, Paula. Love you, too. :) You've always been there for me, and I am there for you, as well.:)

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    5 years ago

    Friendship is what really matters! And I appreciate yours, although I don't have enough time to share everything and we're far away. Best of everything to you in 2016! I hope you have the time and success at writing that you deserve. Paula

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    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    beautiful. I would love to move to the country side for a change.

  • TessSchlesinger profile imageAUTHOR

    Tessa Schlesinger 

    5 years ago

    Marisa, you said you were reconsidering Aussie? Still on that track? Let me know. Somehow that old saying comes back to me.

    East. West.

    Homes best. :)

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    Kate Swanson 

    5 years ago from Sydney

    Moving countries is always a curious experience which makes you think about your priorities in life - I know I'm reassessing mine! Best wishes for Christmas and I hope the New Year brings a year full of promise.

  • Helga Silva profile image

    Helga Silva 

    5 years ago from USA

    I don't know at what point of time Christmas has become such a retail holiday. I absolutely agree with you, we need more love and freedom. These are the best gifts.

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    Tim Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Escondido, CA

    Thank you for writing and sharing! The poem brought life and offered life too! Nice! (That is a one word comment I use for speechless with poetry) Sitting with my cup'pa brew I pondered likeness and really little contrast especially with life's 'long' journey. An article well worth reading . . .

  • Austinstar profile image


    5 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

    If love means that someone is thinking of you and wishing you a good day, then I love you. Feed your passion. It is what keeps us going.

  • Happymommy2520 profile image


    5 years ago from East Coast

    I really enjoyed your hub. I have a hard time getting excited about material things as well. More freedom is what I want the most for the new year. Getting away from long hours at jobs we don't like would be the biggest present for my family. Enjoy your holiday!


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