Nov 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

End of Year Musings

As the year closes, with Thanksgiving and Christmas and the other significant holidays that call to mind the rapid passing of the year, we are met with the interrogatory, What Could I Have Done?

Daily urgings and reminders suggest there is a whole variety of possible positive expressions of caring that can be exercised.  It feels as if there are more and more people who recognize that giving stretches beyond one’s nuclear family and out into the universe of where we live and all those who need care and attention.

It appears that we are aware that having much doesn’t quite cover the demand upon us for giving much.  Our need is to be sensitive to those whose lives have been wrecked on the shores of a very dangerous time.  Jobs are lacking.  Income is reduced.  Prospects are slim.  People are finding refuge in shelters and food banks.  Despair is at a high.  Depression is epidemic.

What is our role in all of this, we who have the wherewithal to respond?  It is, if we feel we haven’t done enough, to pledge to do more as the days stretch between now and Christmas, now and next year, now and all those vacant tomorrows in which some expression of generosity may be expressed.

No matter the holiday, this is just a time for humans to connect with fellow humans. No matter the religious orientation, find in your own commitment the means for taking on a responsibility for someone else.  No matter the limits on your own resources, find ways to spread them to others.

Walk Outside the Box

What I could have done is be more present to the widow, the orphan, the homeless family, the children without parents, the aging who are all alone.

What would it be like to identify some family who has no recourse for celebration or festive enjoyment of a sumptuous meal to come into our home on some day surrounding these ahead of us?  What would that say to our family, to our neighbors, to those who, like us, have more than enough to enjoy and are willing to offer a place at our table?

What Could I do to make the occasion of this time, an occasion for hope and an opportunity for charity that goes beyond the easy and simplistic? What Could I do to remove the pretense of providing a few cans of food and decide to be genuinely present to others?

Where is there within me to see the world as it is, where millions go without the basic essentials of life and living every day?  What Can I do in behalf of persons who, without, will not know an occasion, even in the slightest degree, to compare to mine?

Heavy as these questions may be, they are the real “face the facts” issues of our time for many.  How do we come to terms with our own conscience in attempting to give answer to the call to care?

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