Hello My Friends,
With Christmas being one week away, I decided to do something different for this post. I have been reflecting a lot on this past year, not only my own but others whom I know and love, and have come to realize that this holiday season might not be so joyful for everyone.
I personally have always loved this time a year, as many others do. But it reminded me that not everyone does. That there are many people who are greatly missing someone, who only have a short time to live, who have a family member who only has a short time to live, who are worried about feeding their child instead of worrying about what gifts they have left to get, and so many other reasons to not be able to enjoy this wonderful time of year.
We had a not so great year ourselves. We lost some very amazing family members, my husband was in 2 car accidents, both of which the car was totaled (one being quite serious where his car was flipped by someone running a red light, he managed to walk away with minor injuries thank God,) some health scares (everyone is ok now thankfully,) and the health issues of our sweet aging doggy. We are lucky that we have our health, and that my husband walked away from both of those accidents. Not everyone can say the same.
So while I am able to enjoy this holiday season as I always have, it has reminded me that it is so very important to think of others, strangers especially, during this time. Yes, we should try to be kind year round, but this time of year especially. Because while you may be experiencing the many joys of life, they may not be. And your kindness may be the one thing that makes them smile that day.
Keep in mind the next time someone is completely rude to you for no reason, or cuts you off in line, that they might be just trying to get through this holiday season and are not actually enjoying it. Offer them your grace and kindness in the midst of their seemingly poor demeanor. Because you just don’t know what walk of life they are experiencing.
Smile, say hello, let someone in line in front of you, pay for the person’s coffee behind you, compliment someone, offer kind words of encouragement. Any small gesture might mean the world.
For the people you know are experiencing some sort of sadness or hardship, let them know you are thinking of them and are here if they need you. People don’t like to ask for help, sometimes just asking “can I do this for you?” is all it takes.
For those of you reading this who are going through something this season, I am thinking of you and sending you all the love in my heart. I hope for peace and comfort for you as you work through this hard time in your life.
Lastly, I would like to say thank you to you all for reading, supporting, sharing, and everything else in between, my posts. You all are greatly appreciated and the reason I am able to do what I love. I cannot express my gratitude enough.
I will be taking off just a little time to spend the holidays with my family and I will see you all in the New year. May your days be merry & bright, see you next time. 😊