Hello dearest Readers, where some of us are already well into Xmas Eve, while some of you are still waking up into the beginning of it (time zones still amaze/confuse me).
I just wanted to share my one wish for this upcoming holiday season of both celebration and stress for many of us (I’ve never been a big Xmas fan, sorry).
Yesterday, as part of my performing work, I was a Golden Angel, walking on stilts in a local mall. The place was packed, with so many folk rushing from shop to shop, clutching handfuls of stuffed plastic bags, or wheeling whole trolleys full of them.
Slowly we walked along, smiling without speaking, merely ringing a tiny bell. And I was doing my goddam hardest to project and inspire Kindness, Care, Empathy, and Love.
I know gifts are fun, and can be meaningful symbols of love and connection; but don’t forget how valuable it is to have a truly deep meeting of minds and souls with your family members, especially if you don’t see them very often.
Many folk are actually alone at this time of year, estranged from families through choice, or consequence, and suicide rates are the highest. So if you are lucky enough to be with those you love, really BE with them: look into their eyes, tune in to their words and the messages beneath them, and ask them honestly how they’re doing in their lives.
Listen as kindly as you can; everyone struggles in this harsh world, and sometimes feeling ‘heard’ can be the greatest gift you will give. Plus a hug too.
I’m wishing you all a wonderful few days of relaxation and connection: with your family [of blood or choice], your friends, your neighbours & community. I also hope you connect with Nature, and with yourself.
I’m going to let go of this blog for a week or so, and unplug my wifi! But I’ll be back, and I can’t wait to hear from you all again soon.
In gratitude for Empathy, G xO