Here are some ways to give hope to others this holiday season…..
Give a hug. It is free and many people could use one.
Visit those who could greatly use a visitor: elderly, recent death in their family, terminally ill, or individuals who are hitting roadblocks in their journey. A hot meal and some conversation does more to brighten one’s soul than a text message and a Christmas tree emoji.
Don’t forget about those who struggle with their mental health or have traumatic experiences. The holidays trigger a lot of memories for folks with mental health and trauma needs. Don’t try to be their therapist and don’t tell them to “just suck it up” or “pray it away”. Be present for these folks.
Feed a homeless person. The next time you buy a pizza larger than your body or a fast food meal, please take a moment to buy some extra food for a homeless person. The guy alongside the road who is freezing his buttocks off in the Arctic cold air and holding a homeless veteran sign--feed him. Stop worrying about people taking advantage of you. Everyone needs to eat.
Bless someone who gives you hope.. Buy a meal for a friend. Eat dessert with someone who is a vital part of your life. If you attend a church, coordinate a home-cooked meal for your spiritual leader(s). Everyone empties the leader’s spiritual reservoir during the holidays; however, you can help fill it back up.
Pray. Pray for others that they may find hope when feeling down and out. Pray for yourself. Your soul needs life too.