We received this from a member and felt compelled to pass it on.
I’ve been thinking for the last few days about how to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season while keeping in mind that not all of us enjoy the holidays – especially when restrictions (and jail/prison) keep some people from their friends and family. Then I received an email from someone and thought I would pass it along . . .
It occurs to me that if there is any group that ought to know that not everyone has loving family and friends to sit around a cozy fire with, this may be that group. So I’d like to offer a holiday greeting from a different perspective.
To all those who feel sad and lonely, who feel rejected by society, who feel unloved and unwanted, who feel angry at the world for being such a beautiful place filled with so much wanton nastiness, who feel afraid of the dark ages we seem to be falling into, or who can’t wait for the dark ages to descend in earnest in order to do away with the governmental and cultural structures that oppress them:
May you know that you are not alone.
May you have the courage to stand tall and proud of the wonderful person that you are and know that you don’t deserve the crap that is handed out to you.
May you know, while it can be a good idea in many circumstances to “make the best of it” and to “look for the silver lining” and that some people are complainers whose suffering is their own fault and for whom everything could be better if only they had a more positive attitude, that that is not true of everyone. If it not true of you, may you have the strength and the courage to tell the positive-thinking proponents that their theories do not apply to you.
May you know that you deserve love and peace in your life, and may you enjoy that which you do have, as well as any memories of times in your life that you had more.
May you have the strength to feel grateful for the blessings that you do have.
May you find an opportunity to bring some joy to someone else today, and may you enjoy a warm feeling in your soul from watching a smile come over their face when you do.
May you find someone to hug soon.
May these damned “holidays,” that seem to make you feel inadequate because you do not feel cheerful, soon be over.