Saturday, December 24, 2011

MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: "You are NOT alone!"

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
MAXMOM here...

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!

My love and goodwill extends to you on this Christmas eve...
Happy Christmas, my special cyber-friend!
You are not alone!


Sending lotsaluv

28 comments:

Frankie Furter said...

Merry Christmas to YOU also!!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

♥.

Anonymous said...

A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours. I am truly grateful to have found your blog.
Marlene from the USA.

Joey and Kealani said...

We arent alone with friends like YOU!!!! OXOX Hugs, Valerie Joey and Kealani

The Thuglets said...

What a truely great post! Wishing you A Very Happy Christmas.

Big Nose POkes
The Thugletsx

Becky said...

So beautiful. Thank you for your love felt by so many. It makes such a difference. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

NanaNor's said...

Dear Friend, I know that you are already celebrating Christmas, but just wanted to send lots of love to you this day. You and yours are such a blessing and I'm so thankful for you.
Merry Christmas.
Noreen &Reggie

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful post! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy and Blessed Christmas to you from all of us.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, Lightning, and Mom

Brenda said...

You are not only wonderful with dogs, but with people's hearts. Thanks for posting those words of encouragement.

sprinkles said...

Merry Christmas from me and the chi's!

Suka said...

Dear Maxmom and Family,

A very beautiful Christmas message! Very touching, and filled with truth.

Wishing you and your family and loved ones a very Merry Christmas filled with much love, happiness, joy, and cheer! And may this Christmas magic last with you throughout the year.

We are very grateful for your friendship and look forward to another year of following your life and adventures.

Peace and Blessings,

KrisAnne and Suka

Sam said...

Hi Maxmom,

To those of you out there who are still thinking about the message in today's post by Maxmom - consider purchasing her book, "Maxdog" in either the hard-copy format or the eBook version, like I did. The eBook is extremely well priced and takes the reader through Maxmom's own experience. My dad's only read a few chapters but he says that it's already proving to be a very engaging, well written story. You're not alone. Come on, read Maxmom's story. It'll be good for your soul. All the "cool kids" are buying it. Merry Christmas. We wish you peace.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Merry Christmas
Benny & Lily

Jacqueline said...

Wishing you the very best with your wonderful Max book!!...Toby has grown into a beautiful boy!!...We are so blessed to have you guys in our lives; wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas, precious friends...love and hugs...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

Tessa the Maltese said...

Thank you MaxMom!

A Fury Merry Christmas to you!

Howliday Woos, Tessa

Sheila and Bob said...

Wonderful Post,Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Sheila & Bob
Hamish & Sophie

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your words,,, mean so much
thank you
Merry Christmas
love
tweedles

Bouncing Bertie said...

Thanks for a lovely post MaxMom. Gail and I are alone in the Nottingham house, having just delivered Human Granny and Grandad to church. Gail was feeling a bit down for a moment (HGD is more confused by the minute) but then smiled when she read your message, and felt grateful that at least HGD was well enough to go to church.
I am as usual bouncing around and looking forward to opening my presents!
Toodle pip!
Bertie.
PS Unfortunately was can see but not hear your interview as the computer here does not have any functioning audio).

Zoolatry said...

Thank you Caryl, and Max ... what you have written and shared is the true meaning of this special time of year. Christmas Blessings to you and yours.

verobirdie said...

Merry Christmas to you!
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Clive said...

Merry Christmas from Clive and Murray!

Mrs. JP said...

Merry Christmas and in the words of Tiny Tim...God bless us everyone.

Beth said...

Hi Caryl! This is a beautiful post. You are a very compassionate lady. Hope your Christmas was good! Hugs, Beth

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

What a lovely post. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

AARF Kasha the Dainty Dane

Ms. ~K said...

We received your Christmas greeting in the mail today! Thank you of thinking of us!
Hugs and belly rubs to all,
~K

The Heartbeats said...

Maxmom, I think one of our fellow bloggers could use your specific support & wisdom. Her beloved Lab "K" has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. I know you are busy but I think it would help. Her blog is 'Romping & Rolling in the Rockies' I believe. If you have trouble finding it, please let me know.

Mamma Heartbeat

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a beautiful post. Sorry we haven't been visiting regularly # the holiday season is crazy.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year 2012.