A time of gratitude

I am always emotional at Christmas because it is a time that reminds me of what I have to be thankful and grateful for.

I don’t have much and I do not want for anything, but what I do have is more than most people.

Today my five basic needs (Maslow’s pyramid) have been and will be met and for this I am truly grateful and thankful.

I am happy that I can sit in front of a real indoor fire and appreciate all that I have as I sip hot coffee and look forward to a healthy vegetarian meal with my mother on Christmas day.

I have family and I have friends and I wish them all well, along with the countless others that I have yet to meet on this journey.

I find though, that I cannot release the festive joy in the abundance or manner that others may choose to, for my awareness of suffering cannot simply be ignored, especially on a day such as today.

I am aware that there are millions, if not billions of people on this planet that are going without some of the basic needs that others simply take for granted.

As many ‘normal’ folk unwrap their presents and fill themselves with food and drink, many more are going without. Half the planet is always shrouded in darkness, this is a fact of astrophysics, but it saddens me that this is also true for the inhabitants of earth.

War, hunger, poverty, oppression and suffering affect people of all nationalities, cultures, societies and religions. It is a sad fact that on, what is supposed to be, the most holy day of the Christian year, that we are bombarded with emails advertising ‘sale now on’ etc.

It is a sad reminder that capitalism is relentless and that capitalism does not care about me or you.

Sadly this is the world that I observe myself being part of. As long as the individual is OK, there seems to be little regard for the health and well-being of others whom may be less fortunate.

It is this fact that saddens me. The simple truth that some of us will overindulge and then be more concerned with how to loose the excess pounds, rather than consider how lucky they are and to share in the good tidings with those less fortunate.

The world is a dangerous place. Not because of those who do evil but because of the good people that stand by and let it happen.

2015 was the year that I finally met myself and LIFE revealed itself to me. I can only wish that in 2016 progress is made by others, so that this time next year, there is a little less selfishness, greed and hatred in the world and a little more compassion, kindness and LOVE.

It is easy to pretend that everything is OK with the world, but this is commonly referred to as ignorance, for everything is not OK with the world. It takes great courage to admit that things are not OK and it takes even grater courage, strength and determination to stand up and do something about it.

May peace and love be with you, always.


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