Maybe while everyone else is celebrating, shopping and gathering, you find yourself wondering why you find yourself under different circumstances. You lost your job last year, or a relationship broke up, or maybe you were diagnosed with an unexpected illness. Christmas is not that great for you this year. That’s because maybe what Christmas has come to mean to many is not what is meant to be at all. There are this year over 30 million people in America with no job, millions who are sick and even more who are lonely. All I can tell you is this. For me Christmas is about family, relationships, love, hope and charity. I may not know you but I want you to know that I, along millions of others do care what happens to you during Christmas and even after. We pray for you, we rembember you, we think of you and we ask you, strangers that we may seem to you, to have faith. We ask you to believe things will get better. To understand that bad times don’t last a life time and neither do good times. I just want you to know that even if I don’t know you, You are not a stranger and there are millions who send you prayers, good vibes and tons of hope. There are a few things that I did when I lost my job, or felt lonely or grieved after a loss. I prayed more, I promised myself that I would not lose my faith, I tried to be kinder to others, because I so needed them to be kind to me, I cried, I walked alone, I woke up earlier to see the sunrise, I stopped to smell a flower, I called a friend, most importantly I got out of myself, I stepped out of myself and I forced myself to believe that things would get better …and guess what …they did. I chose that path. Please, you can choose that path too. My Christmas wish is that you understand there are millions thinking and praying for you. You are not alone.
I found some websites that might help.
This is the best time of the year to volunteer. Take a break from searching for a job and certainly from being alone in the house. Try to get out and help someone. Here is what I read and agree that might help: Maybe volunteer at your local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, Police Athletic League or hospital. There is always someone in worse shape than you and being able to help them will make you feel better. Why not form your own jobs support network? Just post a free ad on any number of local blog sites — Patch.com, a local mommy blog, your kids’ school — and hold the meeting at the Starbucks. Go around the table and let everyone introduce themselves and say what kind of work they are seeking. Reminding yourself that you aren’t alone in this recession helps.. (article by Anne Brenoff)
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