As the excitement of the holiday season (however you celebrate it) gradually sneaks up on us I can’t help but think of those who, for whatever reason, dread this time. Maybe it’s gut wrenching loneliness, the bone-chilling temperatures of living on the streets, the worry of the expense or the stress of a single parent trying to deliver everything her children desire and her family expects.
I urge those of you lucky enough to be surrounded by love, warmth, gifts, peace and sanity to spare a thought for others this Season. It needn’t cost anything and can transform someone’s life.
If you know someone who lives alone, invite them for lunch. If you know someone who is homeless, hand them something to help keep them warm. If you know someone who can’t afford to buy their children a present, pick one of the gifts you gave your own children last year which has sat in the back of the closet largely unused and leave it wrapped on their doorstep from Santa. If you know someone frazzled and overwhelmed, offer to look after the kids for a few hours so they can get some shopping or wrapping done in peace. And if you have the time, volunteer at one of the many charities that provide shelter, food and comfort. It’s an ideal way for children to learn that Santa doesn’t visit everyone.
There are a million ways you can help bring just a little of the Seasonal Joy to others less fortunate. It needn’t cost any money, just a little thought, effort and that most precious and scarce resource – a little of your time.
Do something you can look back on and feel proud of – and those of you with children in your world – remember that you are a role model whether you realize it or not. What are you teaching about this Season? Love and goodwill to fellow man or stress, cost and arguments with the in-laws?
Ask yourself what you are most grateful for this holiday and use that as your guide. Are you most grateful for your gorgeous children? Help them choose a toy to donate. Grateful that you will be able to spend time with family? Invite someone alone to share your family dinner. Grateful for your health? Visit someone stuck in hospital.
With a little imagination and some goodwill you can make a difference that counts.
As always, the choice, my dear Hotshots, is all yours.
Have a wonderful time, whatever you find yourself doing. See you next year!
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