Tuesday, December 14, 2010

comfort & joy

kindness photograph :: by alifethroughthelens


i love the holidays.
i really do.
the festive fun. the visiting. the get-togethers. 
the family time. 
the beautiful focus on handmaking throughout the season. 
love it. 

but i know that beyond the fun & merriment, there are many of our loved ones, dear friends, vital parts of our communities that know the Holidays to be...

a lonely time.
a sad time
a grievous time.
a time of loss and missing.
an anxious time:  being with family, being away from family, wishing for family. 
a very stressful time.

our hugs go out to all of you, loves.

how can we help? 
what can we do?
what helps you get thru difficult holidays?

i've been wondering about this much of late. i'm so happy we all work on the joy part this time of year, but i think i need to work on the *comforting* part. i ask... how can we better comfort those close to us during the holidays?

i hope,  dear friends, we can reach out to those around us who need our love.
to strangers, aquaintances, dear friends, loved ones who need to feel our love and support everyday, especially during the holidays.

how are you feeling about the holidays?
a hug from me to you.  


comfort & joy cards :: by hitchcock creative

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  1. What a special message. I love the holiday but it can be overwhelming to some. I try to give whatever I can - this doesn't always mean money but sometimes just a day spent with someone.

  2. I agree with Itchin'. Time is, in my opinion, the best comforter. Finding an afternoon to visit a friend in need is something I need to make time for as well.

    I remember a terrible Christmas about 10 years ago after the death of our sister. People making time for us was the only thing that got our family through it.

  3. you're so right, itchin & lori.
    time indeed.

    and a listening ear.

    glad some respite could be found during your own grieving time lori.

    hugs to you both.

  4. What a beautiful post and a message that definitely needs to be shared. Time is always such a special gift to give someone. The holidays will be hard for our family this year because they will be without my father in law. I'm going to make sure that we are there to comfort my mother in law in this sad and difficult time for her. Thanks so much for the mention of my image. Merry Christmas!

  5. You're so right about this, RR.

    Happy Holidays to your family!!


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