Christmas

Photography-Christmas message

Whilst doing a little Christmas shopping I saw the following which I think speak for themselves

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However it doesn’t look like these phone boxes have been used by anyone to make or receive a call for quite a few Christmasses

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So you try and make a Christmas wish as directed below

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Sadly one can be waiting a long time to get any response

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The true spirit of Christmas is not the gifts but the Goodwill to All Mankind

I am very well aware that writing a piece on the web  is to communicate ones feelings.  Often if read with even a minimum of insight the stories told are sad and show the challenges that many have faced and continue to face.

What is inspiring however, if one follows one writer for long enough is to see how many have better patches later on.  Its just that when the time is bleak it does seem to feel that it lasts and lasts.  It doesn’t, it just feels that way.

In such circumstances one wants to say ” I’m Sorry to hear that things are hard at the moment, I am certain that the issues will improve with time.  I do hope that things will get better for you soon.”

Writing such a comment  in a sterile email/comment box  is difficult at the very least and to a complete stranger even more difficult.  Merely  adding a “like” seems definitely out of order.  If one does, then there is a deep hope that this has given the person writing the piece a little bit of an uplift.

You will note that I choose to avoid using the term blog and blogger as neither gives true appreciation that the writer is a fellow human being who is currently experiencing a more difficult phase of life.  After all when one writes one hopes that somebody will read it and often merely writing down starts putting it into perspective.

If one keeps a diary then it is often instructive to look back and see how things have improved/changed with the passage of time. After all

Writing it down is the first step in getting a grip on an issue.

Or as written by Anne Frank

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

https://writingcooperative.com/18-motivational-quotes-to-bring-out-the-writer-in-you-ea3e61c93734

 

I hope that within the limitations of the system that those who write will be encouraged by those who read their pieces.  And that those with lower numbers of readers will still get a feeling of satisfaction.

As one friend said to me when it was my turn to have a rough patch.

“If the problem look big here, what would it look like from the moon”

“Put your hand in a bucket of water, take it out and how has the water changed”

” Name one person in history who could not be replaced at the relevant stage”

I looked on Google for Optimistic Quotes for Christmas and I think the following fits the bill rather well

https://optimisticquotes.org/christmas-quotes/

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. – Calvin Coolidge

I do hope that the Season of Goodwill and Peace to all will come to you

We are making a point of going to a Christmas Mass as the sight and music go a long way to balance the effect of all that hustle, bustle, glitter and gift buying.

Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year

 

If despite this Christmas is lacking a certain something here are a few other suggestions

Crisis at Christmas https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/christmas-volunteering-london/

https://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs/g25583455/feeling-lonely-christmas-how-to-help/

https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

https://www.samaritans.org/

 

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