Connecting In Any Way Is Important This Holiday Season
We are all weary of the social distancing and isolation we’ve been enduring since the beginning of this year. The holidays only serve to highlight the loneliness and despair so many people are experiencing this year. The joy of getting together to celebrate the season with loved ones is making us long for this COVID-19 virus to be gone. But unfortunately, it is still with us and will be through the holiday season and beyond. So, let’s count our blessings and make a commitment to reach out and connect in safe ways with someone who is shut-in, be it a family member, friend, acquaintance, or colleague.
Our digital devices make it possible to see each other when we can’t be together. And that is a true blessing, especially for the elderly. At least it helps ease the anxiety and loneliness a little. If there’s ever been a year not to skip sending out holiday cards and letters, this is it. And, here’s a novel idea – how about connecting through phone calls to catch up with friends. Most people text or email and have gotten out of the habit of calling and talking. Some of the younger generations simply don’t talk on the phone. But, it’s pretty nice when you can’t actually be together.
We each need to be aware of those in our circles who have been alone and who will likely be alone once again during the holiday season. While we may not be able to celebrate in the usual ways during this year of quarantine and social distancing, we can all look forward to the time when we can hug those we love and sit down to a meal with will make our coming together in the future that much sweeter.
Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday season. Please stay safe and reach out to brighten someone’s spirits with a card, letter, phone call, or virtual visit.