Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Toughest Season...

I remember living in the US as a kid and celebrating American Thanksgiving with our American friends.

It was such a big holiday for them. They loved it.

The Dallas Cowboys would be playing football on that Thursday and we would all huddle around watching Roger Staubach throw a football around for the afternoon after having a huge feast. Watching the Macy's parade on Broadway, and walking around having neighbours saying "Happy Thanksgiving"

Immediately, the next day you have Black Friday which is the kick off to the sales transitioning to Christmas. And it's like they rip down the Thanksgiving decorations and the Xmas decorations are right behind them. Then comes the official holiday season for us Canadians. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and the Countdown to Christmas...

For one month it is full court press to the 25th. Gathering presents, heading out to visit family and friends, going south for vacation, dinners, Company parties, the longest nights of the year when the sun goes down at 4:30pm, and its cold outside. It is a time that most people are the happiest. And it is also the time when the world is officially the most unhappy...

Suicides are the highest between American Thanksgiving and New Year Celebrations. People who have lost loved ones from service overseas, accidents, cancer, relationships are at their most vulnerable at this season. Loneliness and despair are hidden through stone cold eyes that have to be so that they don't break down in tears.

So when you are celebrating with your family and friends, at work or wherever, don't forget to approach someone you know who has lost someone this year, and pass on some holiday cheer to a person who needs it the most. -Even if they don't look like they need it.

We are all human on the inside and those you may think that are the toughest, usually are just better at showing it.

And if you are carrying a burden that stops you from really enjoying the season yourself? This is the perfect season for forgiving others. Not because they deserve it, but because YOU need it. Letting someone live in your head "rent-free" is a waste of emotion, and will stop you from living a life worth living. And if you are a bigger person, you can take it one step further and apologize to those you know you have hurt.

It will make for a better season, and a better life....

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