Everyone hustles and bustles about during this time of year, trying not to forget something for someone on their list.
They don’t give a second thought to the tens of thousands out there who just feel like slitting a wrist.
Families gather, give thanks, open packages and enjoy a plate of delicious pie.
They don’t give a second thought to those who have no one, nothing and just wish to die.
I think of you, I care, I ache and silently, I cry.
My children will catch me looking away, lost in a distant thought and say “what’s wrong?” They know when I tell them in response “Nothing,” it’s a lie.
They know that for Christmas, I wish everyone had a home, food, clothing and work.
They know, I wish people loved each other, this planet we call home and that on it, evil did not lurk.
They know, my heart aches for those alone, with no one to sit with them, talk a while or just listen and share a smile.
They know, I’ve been there, done that, been in those shoes and have walked that mile.
They don’t know how simple those things are because they are busy, young and carefree.
My hope for the holidays is that everyone will do a random act of kindness.
I hope they will take their children and visit a rest home where our forgotten, who have no families that visit, and just sit and let them enjoy their company and the life that radiates from their kids.
I hope everyone will take time out of their busy schedules and donate time to a soup kitchen, food pantry or Mission so that our country’s homeless will get that much needed hot meal.
I hope everyone will volunteer some time to Meals on Wheels, The Wounded Warrior Project, sponsor a family from a church or school anonymously or work at any other credible charity that is in need of money, time and resources.
I hope that this year, each of us can touch a strangers life, in a loving, positive and giving way so that THIS is the Holiday season, that stranger remembers, for the rest of their lives.
That is my hope for the holidays.
My you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year