At this time of year, whatever your tradition, culture or practice, there seems to be a sense of peace and goodwill toward others. There is a reason for the timing chosen by the myriad of charities around the world to kick their fund-raising campaigns into high gear.
The season seems to foster charity, which it has been said, begins at home. I believe that each soul who crosses our path, friend or foe, no matter what their station in life, has a message for us, it maybe small, it may be huge, but it is always a lesson we need and have drawn to ourselves. It would be nice if as we are rushing about our daily lives, going through our to-do list, we remember to be kinder than necessary as everyone is fighting some kind of battle.
There is also a universal theme of inner reflection, connection to one’s faith or belief which many use to take stock, do some soul searching and realize how very fortunate we are. The fact is that there is always someone, somewhere less fortunate than ourselves.
In that vein, some of my LGT colleagues are involved in some wonderful charities. My friend Fisherman is associated with a wonderful young man who is trying to make his country a better place and has started a social networking group to spread the word. He also has a link to help this young man help the children in his country. My friend TrudyVan’s passion is finding missing children in her country. Over the years I have been involved in sponsoring several children in the 3rd world through World Vision and later sponsoring women surviving war, rebuilding their lives and supporting their families through Women For Women. Currently, my focus is on Canadian Harambee Education Society, a wonderful organization which starts by providing scholarships to Kenyan and Tanzanian girls who qualify for Secondary School placements, but who need financial assistance in order to attend and then goes on to make sure they succeed through their schooling and on into life. These wonderful charities are but a few, but work tirelessly year round to help those less fortunate. I commend and support their effort wholeheartedly.
The festive season is also when most traditions gather with family to celebrate, among other things, the fact that you have a family when so many are lonely. It’s a time to top up ones love tank for the times you may be away from your loved ones, so that you can draw on those wonderful memories as fuel to keep you going until you’re together again.
In our case, the closest relatives are a minimum of 1,000 miles away and the furthest relatives are almost 9,000 miles away. Nonetheless, we had a fantastic Christmas day with lots of wonderful food and drink while connecting with our many relatives around the globe. Thanks to the advent of wireless technology, the Internet and good old telephones, we didn’t skip a beat. We saw some on the web cam, exchanged beautifully animated e-mail with others, spoke with many on the phone and finally shared lovely SMS greetings on the cell phone. The point was that we were all together in spirit and heart regardless of geography.
To my online family, you know who you are; from our home to yours, I hope you have a blessed and joyous holiday season and may the bounty you manifest in 2009 be all that you dreamed of and so much more.
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