It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. As we head into this weekend, the final packages are being “wrapped and bowed” for placement under the tree. And come next week — we’ll be looking toward the annual winding down of the calendar.
This is a time of magic and wonder for the kids, but sometimes for adults, the holidays can lead to deep inner reflection and a longing for Christmases (and loved ones) past. The passage of time tends to do that to you, and it seems these years just keep spinning faster and faster as we age. Charles Dickens sure had it right when he conjured up his Christmas ghosts. While visions of sugar plums may dance in the heads of children, for many of us, the memories of lost loves, old regrets, promises not kept and dreams unfulfilled tend to fill the cranial recesses in the dark days of winter.
Which is why this is also a good time of year to put your efforts into connecting with and helping others. It’s so easy to get sucked into the vacuum of holiday ennui, but just remember, for many around you and around the world, life is a constant daily struggle. Grave illness, financial fears, long term unemployment, extreme loneliness are the types of issues that can drain the morale and destroy a society. Helping out the food pantry, giving to Meals on Wheels or buying toys for the children of families in need are just a few examples of what you can do locally.
On the global scale, the relief organizations who could use your financial support are practically endless. Wars, natural disasters, oppression… there is much bad behavior to eradicate in this world for the betterment of humanity and there are plenty of groups working toward causes to make this a better planet for all. We encourage you to give liberally to them as well.
And in these final weeks of 2013, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the solstice, we hope that as you settle in for your long winter’s nap you are surrounded by the people you most truly love in this world.
If you’re not, at least know that we’re thinking of you and sending some good will and peace on earth your way.