GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
For many people Christmas is a time of family, sharing, goodwill and togetherness. Gifts are distributed and meals shared together. Homes are adorned with beautiful decorations, music is in the air and a mood of joviality, familiarity, comfort and festivity prevails. Deep affirming sentiments fill the atmosphere.
For some people, Christmas is a more a spiritual time – a time to acknowledge a personal spiritual space. Time is spent worshipping and acknowledging our personal God. But it is, once again, a communal time – sharing, caring and worshipping together and claiming the true meaning of Christmas.
But for thousands of people, Christmas is a dreaded time - of deep despair, loneliness and desperation. As families (religions and personal families) congregate around one another in cultural and religious celebrations, there are many people who feel excluded, marginalised and alone. Some feel this on a deep psychological level whilst others feel it on a practical level. Poverty is rife – practical, religious, spiritual and psychological poverty. Depression too abounds.
My intention of today’s post is to give a loving touch to those who fall into the last category – some of you may be reading this blog.
So, today I want to reach out and say that I care about my world and I care about the people in my world - you!
My message is this:
You are not alone! You may feel alone, but you are part of many people who feel lonely and depressed - some 121 million people!. You are not alone!
For some of us, Christmas is often a confusing time fuelled by contrasting life experiences and the angst of the festive season. We try to make sense of the events around us. What is all this hype about?
The good news is that Christmas really is about goodwill and the good news also is that the atmosphere of goodwill really is there. You just have to notice it.
People do care. I care! You care!
Today, I want to give you a (((Big-Cyber-Christmas-Hug)). I want to reinforce the so-called ‘cliché’ – You are indeed special! You are a unique creation. You have talents and a potential that has been gifted to you. If you choose to do it, you can make a difference in this world. You have a gift called creativity – from which other’s can benefit. Forget the stereotypes, the judgement and all those things that serve to diminish you. You are worth it!