“It’s understandable that there will be a degree of disappointment with the situation we find ourselves in this Christmas but we must accept it. If we fixate on how it should be, how you want it to be or what will happen next, it leads to increased levels of distress. Living in the present moment, accepting things as they are and taking everything one step at a time makes it easier to feel hopeful. It will also help you enter the spirit of joy and goodwill during the festive period,”
The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas.
You’re going to come in contact with an awful lot of people who are at their absolute breaking point this month. Friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, teachers, strangers in the grocery store, retail workers. While it maybe the merriest time of year for some, it maybe the saddest, most stressful, loneliest, most heartbreaking for other’s.We’re all busy. But we’re not too busy to be kind, caring and patient. Remember the best thing you can give someone this season is your love and kindness.Season of love and kindness…Be kind
Part of what Christmas is about, is getting together with family or with friends to share food and exchange presents.
It is one of the reasons why so many people who live on their own, dread the season.
And I confess, I love having everyone coming for dinner, I love the midnight service too, on Christmas Eve,
This year it looks like less. A lot less, it may possibly be just a few of us together.
And while for me and for many others that might be disappointing – in some cases deeply disappointing – it may actually transpire that it helps to take just a little of the load off families who find Christmas difficult at the best of times and who would face even greater pressures this year thanks to job losses or the reduction in their income as a result of the current pandemic.
This coming Christmas could be seen as an opportunity to give everyone the perfect ‘excuse’ to reassess how we mark the celebrations whether as a faith festival or simply as a ‘holiday’.
That said, this year has been so psychologically tough for so many that the thought of Christmas too, being restricted, could be for some, the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
People need things to look forward to – especially perhaps those who have been in isolation and who have missed significant events such as the birth of a child or important birthdays, a family wedding, or who have even had to forgo attending the funerals of people they have loved.
To have now, such a major event in their lives, one they have been looking forward to, taken from them, could have devastating consequences on their mental health.
We cannot underestimate that impact.
If we do, it may well be one of the greatest mistakes we ever make.
We need, as a society and as communities, to look out for those around us.
We need to ensure that we take people’s mental health seriously – so seriously that we actively look for ways of reaching out to those who feel so isolated, so abandoned, so swept to one side that they are in danger of losing a sense of their own worth and of the worth of life itself.
This Christmas may not be like Christmases past, but it will still be Christmas. And we can help it to be good in a different way by caring beyond our own.
I hope you and your family are safe and healthy during this time!!
I hope if you reach a dead end on your journey, you hang on there with all your might. You will be walking on a smoother path very soon!
I hope that wherever you are, is comforting, and relaxing. I hope you are taking care of yourself. Truly. And I hope you know how important you are to the world, and that there are people all over the world who love you. This world is full of great people. And this world is full of beauty. I hope you find that.
I hope I can give you hope!!
I hope when this pandemic ends, you will thrive again. WE will get through this together. I am sending love and support to you and your family during this unprecedented time.