Sharing a Message this Holiday Season
So often the holiday season brings feelings of cheer and warmth. Families get together for a feast to celebrate the season, their faith, and more importantly their ability to be together. Carols linger in the background, presents are opened with enthusiasm, and for a small moment nothing seems wrong with the world.
I turn my focus to the events that happened this week in Philadelphia. As you know we rely on social media as a tool to connect to our community. Often as I peruse the page and look at the comments I browse through people’s profiles to see exactly who is commenting and what can I learn about them.
If I were to take a quick glance at profile pictures it seemingly looks as if these people have everything together. However the more I read about what they are posting and what they are commenting on I can see that some of these people have trouble in their life. They may have a child with substance abuse struggles, a husband out of work, a mother with cancer, and the list goes on.
I wondered all to often if people don’t share with their close friends and family their struggles because they don’t want to be a burden. Ultimately all I can say is that they are not alone. No one is alone. We all have a struggle inside of us that we wrestle with every day and we need to know that we can support each other. We need to find that faith in one another again. We need to show people that we are kind regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class.
It’s easy to post a picture of what you want people to think you’re life is like, however, don’t forget to share with those close to you what life is really like. You are not alone in your thoughts. Everyone has something they wish could be better.
Surround yourself with people who love and are willing to support you. I can’t imagine what the families of those lost in Philadelphia are feeling right now and the fear and shock that tore through a community like a cold, winter wind.
While the holidays bring cheer, they also bring solitude for some. People who feel more alone because of what they are experiencing. Share your love. Share your support. Tell people close to you, that they are not alone.
Enjoy your holiday season and make someone else’s better!