Perhaps it’s time for us to consider a spiritual solution, a permanent solution, to this annual plague.
As far as I can recall, the last time I had the flu was roughly 17 years ago.
It was early evening, during an executive board meeting at my church, when all of a sudden it seemed like the “off” switch had been flipped on my entire body. Fortunately I lived just a block or two away, so I politely excused myself and walked home. When I arrived, I went straight to bed.
‘Tis the season to be jolly? Not necessarily. For many the holiday season may trigger a bout of the ‘blues.’ A time that is supposed to be filled with family and making memories can be difficult when memories may be painful and/or family and friends few. Images of holiday celebrations can bring on depression and loneliness.
THE Festive Season is kicking in once again and many of us are anticipating travelling for Christmas holidays and to visit family. But it won't always be plain sailing! Whether it's by coach, train, plane or car we are affected by the actions of others - drivers, schedulers, pilots, baggage handlers, air attendants, bus drivers, cruise and ferry captains and our fellow travellers.
Some recent “self-care” discussions about the holidays suggest that, for many, stress overshadows the joys associated with this time of year. But you don’t have to go along with the crowd. There are a few practical steps you can take to prevent your Christmas spirit from getting lost in the frenzy of this time of year.
Has the holiday hustle and bustle got you a little frazzled? Many of us are impacted by extra demands on time, energy and finances. The stress of a busy holiday schedule from shopping to seasonal festivities – can wear off the joy of the season even for a usually well-balanced person. At times it may not feel like ‘Christmas’, so much as ‘Stressmas’!
“God Isn’t Fixing This,” reads the headline, in reference to the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., and the reluctance of politicians to respond with anything but prayer for the victims. “As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood,” it continues, “cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes.”