Monday, December 17, 2012

Motivational Monday: Season of Joy? Not for everyone.

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I developed the thought for this post a couple of weeks ago.  I never realized how relevant it would become in the wake of the terrible, senseless shooting of innocent children and adults that occurred in Connecticut just a few short days ago…

While this may be a season of joy for many of us as we prepare for and commemorate Hanukah, Christmas, St. Lucia Day, Kwanza and other winter celebrations, there are some who find this time of year extremely difficult.  For anyone who has lost a loved one, for anyone who is dealing with depression, for anyone who is separated from family for one reason or another, for anyone who is lost or alone, the holiday season can be very difficult to get through.  Even people who are in a good place in their lives can find the holidays difficult due to the enormous stress that they manage to heap on themselves to ensure that this time of year is special for everyone around them.

However, the wonderful thing about the internet is that you are never truly alone.  If you are reading this then you are connected to me and I to you.  Support is just a keyboard click away.  If you are one of those individuals finding this time of the season difficult please reach out to family, friends or community resources.  You don’t need to deal with your anxieties by yourself.

Know that you are not alone.  

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Sue - aka Olive Reedfilter (fairy name) said...

Lisa .... your thoughts today reflect what many of us are feeling. I have been touched by tragedy in the month of December. My father died on December 26, 2000 very tragically in an "accidental death". I did not grow up close to him and as an young adult he walked out of my life for over twenty years. When he returned it was very, very difficult for me to let him back in. At the time of his death, my relationship with him was not of a father/daughter, but at least I can say we'd become friends. After his death for many years I grieved for what I never found again with him (most of it caused by my own stupidity and stubbornness). So, yes the holidays were hard. My first memories are always having to go identify him at the morgue!!! That nightmare still lives inside of me to this day. As the years have gone by, I finally found a way to forgive him and myself. I take care of a cemetary plot that the man's name is Casey Maxwell who was born one day before my father and died the same day as my father. In my mind this is my father's place. (He donated his body to Texas Medical Center) and I had no place to try to feel his presence. I found "Casey" walking through the cemetary taking pictures last summer. And, this is now my father's resting place for us. I sure hope "Casey" doesn't mind. Thank you for letting me express this. Hugs, Sue

Suze said...

Thank you Lisa. I really feel for those families in Connecticut who were looking forward to a special christmas with their little ones. It is so sad and as you say senseless.

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

That was very brave of you to share this on the blog today. I can't imagine the pain this must bring up each year at this time. I'm sure that Casey would be pleased to know he is helping in some respects. I am very happy that you shared this with me and everyone else reading, Hopefully other people will know this is a safe place for expressing themselves as well.


Peanut said...

A very uplifting post, Lisa. I'm following I won't miss out on your beautiful "doodles".

Thanks for your sweet words on my blog! Have a blessed Christmas! ... A

Lynne said...

Perfect words. Thanks so much. Lynne from OZ