Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A Time, a Season for Reflection
The Holiday Season is here. For most it is a joyous time. For some it can mean a renewed feeling of lonliness and depression. A melancholy feeling overwhelms many because they recall past Holidays with loved ones they have lost for one reason or another. It is at this time that we should reflect on friendships and blessings. Give thanks for what we have and push aside thoughts of what we don't have. Today I received a sweet phone call from a friend with an invitation to join her family for the Thanksgiving Day meal and celebration. Knowing that I am single, she thought that perhaps I was going to be alone. This brought joy to my heart. I thanked her for the thoughtful invitation once I informed her that one of my daughters had decided to hang back and be with mom instead of following the other siblings to their father's home. Two acts of unselfishness exemplifying the feeling of love and compassion in one's human heart. My friends, tis the season for sharing. Things shared with ones we love and care about come in many forms. It can be simply stopping what you are doing to make a quick call to say you care. You, too, may consider sharing your meal with someone who is alone. Don't let the hustle and bustle of this busy materialistic world allow you to lose contact with friends, neighbors and loved ones. Make that call, that donation, that visit. Send that special greeting card disregarding the cost of postage. Consider it a small gift with a large impact. Thank God for the riches we possess in the form of love, compassion and generosity. We can make a difference in someone's life. We can perhaps save a life or repair a broken heart. God Bless us all!