In these times of holiday blitz, when running about trying to make everything perfect and cramming as many activities in as possible, I want to take a moment and send my fervent hope to all those struggling. Be they shut-ins, mentally or physically ill, suffering personal losses and the death of loved ones, or those living in desperate circumstances, they need our love, devotion, and attention throughout the year but perhaps, especially now.
Most of us spin through our days accomplishing goals, worrying about the dramas and needs in our lives, or working so hard we don’t notice the rest of the world. We are in a time when that may be more necessary than ever before. But the Holidays are here to remind us of the outer world and the greater good. As much as you are able, extend yourself to others. You may never know what that gesture will do. It may make all the difference to someone who will, in turn, pass it on to others less fortunate than ourselves, for, let’s face it, for almost everyone there are multitudes who are less fortunate.
Let us also be mindful of the results the actions of technology bring. As companies and scientists seek ways to increase food production, let them do so with forethought for the outcomes. Genetic manipulation of grains for better yields might result in negative impacts on the soil or on the people ingesting those grains. We need to increase food production but not at the risk of harm.
And let us not forget those people in life-threatening circumstances such as the refugees and those trapped in war. The Rohinga, Syrians, and those who lack shelter and the bare necessities to maintain life need our help. We can not turn a blind eye to their needs even if the least you can do is heartfelt prayer.
My wish is for all of us to unite as one people, not many, as unrealistic as that sounds. Our political leaders may seem hell-bent on destroying each other and their countries but let us lobby for moderation and sanity in all their actions.
As our society becomes increasingly radicalized, let us seek education to inform the minds of those easily swayed to induce harm on others. We all are alike under the skin, may we seek to always remember that in these shifting times.
Finally, my thanks to all those who have read my work. I draw strength and guidance through much I read in your work. I hope the holidays and the coming year bring health, happiness, wealth and a positive, uplifting journey. Merry Christmas.