The holiday time of year is one that we all look forward to; it’s a time to share with family and friends in the spirit of the season. It is also a time to remember the least among us and to do all that we can to make their holidays as pleasant as can be, given the current harsh economic realities. Joblessness, homelessness, and for some, hopelessness, are ingredients that could result in unexpected and out-of-character behavior.
As our brother’s/sister’s keepers, we must do all that we can to minimize the burdens, frustrations, depression, anxiety, and loneliness that so many may feel at this time of the year. To this end, if you can place joy into the heart of another person, do it; if you can lift the spirits of a neighbor who maybe in the doldrums, lift them; if you can shine light unto a path that will cause those who may feel lost to find their way, then let your light shine brightly; if you can provide warmth to a family that may be without heat this winter season, do so; if you can give from the many blessings that have been bestowed upon you, be a generous giver, and if you can ease the pangs of the hungry with a meal, be a provider; but in everything that you do, let it be from the heart.
Also, you must take care of yourself during this season, as there are those who do not have the community’s best interest at heart. As you go about your business, always be aware of your surroundings and take extra precautions when traveling alone to and from your vehicle with the many bags that some of you will be carrying. Also, be very careful as you travel the highways and through our city and be mindful of the speed limits. Be the eyes and ears of your neighbor and be on the lookout for anyone who might try to separate you and your neighbor from some of the things you own. Do not hesitate to report suspicious behavior, individuals and activity to our local Police Department.
Finally, have a good time; have fun this holiday season and do a good deed for someone—anyone, in the spirit of the season. God bless you and your family.
Adrian and Amelia