Reach out to folks who live all alone

Published 7:24 am Friday, January 15, 2010

The most wonderful time of the year? Not for all!

The holiday season of 2009 has come and gone. But, it’s not too late to revisit those memories. To be honest, I have no “fond” memories of Thanksgiving or Christmas 2009. You see, at the ripe old age of 52, I became a “shut-in.” I knew that would eventually happen, but I thought it would be another 30-plus years.

I’ve known people who had no family nearby to spend the holidays with. And, some who couldn’t go out due to physical ailments. And I saw the pain on their faces as they spent the holidays alone. Sadly, I found myself a part of that group. And, it is a horrible place to be.

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It could have been different for me. I do have family near me, but I guess it just wasn’t in the “cards” for me to be invited. And, while I do use a wheelchair, it hasn’t stopped me from being able to get out.

So for the first time in 52 years, I spent Christmas alone. No special foods. No gifts. No joyous celebrations. And though I know that Christmas is SO MUCH more than that, it hurt deeply. Deeper than I’ve ever hurt.

And so I am writing this for all to read, and I’m putting out a challenge to each of you. If you know someone who is alone, take that extra step to reach out to them. Send one more card. Bake some cookies and deliver them to that person. And let your children be a part of that giving. It is something they will carry with them through the years!

It doesn’t have to be only during the holiday season. If there’s bad weather, ask them if you can pick up something from the grocery store or pharmacy.

Each of us has the ability to change someone’s life! Take that chance! I believe you will find that you, too will be blessed!

Be the change you want to see in this world!


Karen Moseley

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