Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season…It is important to remember that not everyone is looking forward to Christmas for a long list of reasons. Some people who are not surrounded by loved ones at this time, others who have extended families but will spend their time juggling visits and stop overs and trying to manage all these visits all on one day.
There are many in our community who face challenges during the festive break, are managing their sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. For many, it will be their first Christmas without a particular loved one, or separated from their children due to custody decisions made along time before the day arrives. Many others lost loved ones at Christmas time, others have been separated because of circumstances that have happened this year.
For many people who have no one to spend these times with the can be besieged by loneliness. Those who are surrounded by others can also feel that same loneliness if there is no conversation or caring ear to share some good news with.
The world needs need caring, loving thoughts right now. Give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Please do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. Take a moment out of our busy lives to offer everyone you meet a smile, a hug or a moment to share a story. Take time to say hi to your neighbours, let someone in the traffic or supermarket queue go in front of you. Take the kids to the playground even when you feel “busy”and most of all breathe!
Enjoy your lead up to this Christmas, start with connecting with someone you care about this week and giving them the greatest gift of all. It may only take a short moment to make a big impact.
Merry Everything and Happy always
We wish you a fun-filled, Christmas break with moments of new conversations and happy memories