This week traditionally launches the holiday season. And it's a time of year when many of us pull out our most beloved traditions in the holiday spirit, along with our favorite decorations and recipes.
Unfortunately it is also traditionally a time of year when those who are chronically ill and housebound deal with the greatest pressures and disappointments.
Generosity toward those who are less fortunate in the holiday spirit is also a holiday tradition, and many will be giving to food banks and soup kitchens. Gently used coats, scarves, mittens and toys will be searched through in many households, and will be brought with love to organizations whose thrust is to care for the poor.
This is one of the best qualities of our society.
If this concern for the less fortunate can be extended a little further, to include those who quietly languish in the isolation of their own homes, we will do well.
Those of us who have friends and relatives who are restricted in this fashion can make a big and glowing difference in those lives with just a little extra thought and action.
Going above and beyond this attention to those who belong to us, to people who we may not know well but who live in our neighborhoods, people who may not have others to care for and about them can make our world a better place.
Do you have family or friends who are disabled or who have a chronic health condition?
They may not be able to reach out to you, and their presence may not be immediately apparent. Inability to reach out though does not indicate that they wouldn't love a little help or attention from others.
Not sure what you can do for these folks? That can stop us from taking action. Here are some suggestions that are not hard to do, and may make a difference for someone who has a hard time during the holiday season.
Do you have room at your table for someone who may not be mobile enough to get themselves to your house? Issuing an invitation, accompanied with an offer for a ride, can open a door that might not be otherwise opened for them this season.