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Thanksgiving And Other Holidays.

Published by: Admin JoJo Matthews

Holidays have always been about family and friends growing up. I don’t remember it ever being a tiny affair.

On this journey we are walking holidays can be the worst time of year as we often feel alone, angry, sad and abandoned. Many of us have had family and friends turn on us. My heart goes out to those of you that are alone because of our circumstances I can’t imagine.

However, during times like this is when we really need to focus on what we have to be grateful for. There are many many many people out there that have less than we do.

There are homeless people that have no home, no family and no friends. How they became homeless greatly varies.

Overseas we have soldiers that are without their families in countries that are ravaged by horrors and tragedies. There are veterans that have lost physical abilities and are sitting somewhere forgotten.

Our men sit behind walls and wire and are told what to do and when to do it all day long. Some have more freedoms than others while some sit in the “hole” and some sit alone in cells with only a few hours out a week.

There are people that have lost family and friends to death, sickness and addictions. The list can go on and on.

Life is about a series of events that have all been strung together in order long before we were ever born. We have no control over any of it. The only control we have in our own lives is how we react to things and the perspective in which we choose to look at life.

We can walk around woe is me and feel sorry for ourselves and be miserable. If this is how you feel and you don’t want to feel this way I recommend finding a local soup kitchen to volunteer your time at during the holidays, or a local women’s shelter, or a food bank. Volunteering can offer a lift in your spirits and change your perspectives on life.

Attend church and find fellowship in others at church and in our Heavenly Father.

No one knows better than me how you all feel without your loved ones with you. I will never have my loved one home with me again but he and I choose to look at how lucky we are to have found one another.

We are grateful that we will get to spend visits together. It’s not an ideal situation but things can be so much worse. He could be on death row and our visits could be once a week for two hours through glass.

Speaking of, my heart goes out to those who have loved ones on death row.

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