This is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for many it will be a lonely and in some cases frightening time of year. There are many who are in seniors homes who have NO ONE to remember them, to spend time with them. Oft times these people have outlived their relatives and/or have never married. For some it will be scary as they sit in a children's hospital or on the ward in some hospital wing awaiting surgery...Suicide and depression are huge problems at this time of year...
We put a ton of emphasis on the day we celebrate as - Christmas. Mother's exercise guilt 101 and grandparents place a lot of store in having their families together for the holidays. Stores and consumerism go crazy...everyone must have a gift...
Now the debate as to Jesus' real birth date will live on in perpetuity, however we are all pretty sure it did not take place in December. Nearest the "experts" can figure he was either born in September/October OR March/April...
If Jesus doesn't care so much as to which date we celebrate his birth on then why do we put so much store in this holiday?
If we take from his example - then December 25th, well - it really is just another day.
Why do we have to wait for there to be a SPECIAL day before we pay attention to those we love? I guess like all else to do with we humans - we have to pencil in time for fun, for friends and family because our lives are just too busy...I am so guilty of that!
I don't know the answers as to why we have stressed ourselves out so much over a "holiday" but I do know this...we have made Christmas a special time. Because we as a society have made it such a special time we need to take the time to make it special for everyone we can. If you have 5 minutes, stop in to the seniors home or drop in to the hospital and visit a shut in...you have NO idea how good that will make you or them feel - but I can guarantee you this - YOU WILL feel good.
In the news today:
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243KPH Speeder in Ontario gets a break from spending time in jail but the commissioner, Julian Fantino is none too pleased....
An Ontario driver who claimed to have been "sleep" driving when he struck and killed a motorcyclist in 2008 has been found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. (I think we need this judge to try Cpl Robinson)
Speaking of the RCMP in BC...the headline reads: RCMP support in B.C. plunges after Tasering, death: report; Fewer here than anywhere else in Canada say they trust national police force
Apparently here in Alberta the support and belief in them isn't much better.
Well, gang, I am not sure of whether or not I will be in the mood to write tomorrow or not, so just in case I decide to pencil in the people I love for a day of me not working (as my husband says yah, right! - when pigs fly)...
Merry Christmas - I hope you find yourself surrounded by love and warmth.
If you live where you can ride (I'm moving in next week, right after the holidays), please, ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you.
Belt Drive Betty
National VP - A.I.M.Can