Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blue Christmas

Dear Readers,
As we celebrate our holiday, let us be mindful of those who are sad this holiday season. Why are they sad and what can you do to be of service to them? Maybe because they are depressed, or they have had a loss of a loved one or a job, or they have experienced disappointments and unfulfilled expectations, or their family is geographically dispersed and they cannot be together, or perhaps they are financially challenged. These are just some of the reasons why someone might not be experiencing joy. So, how can we be of service? Pay attention! Notice someone who might not be happy or content right now. When people feel sad, they may also feel a sense of shame, blame or guilt and may not share these feelings readily. Talk with them. Listen to them. Invite them. Share what you can with them (food, money, gifts, your blessings.) There are Blue Christmas services that welcome those who are feeling blue. Sometimes, it helps just to know that you are not alone. While your feelings, relationships and circumstances are uniquely yours, you might feel better knowing that you are not the only one who does not feel joyous. Trust that your feelings of joy, hope and gratitude will return. Wishing you all the best.


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