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Christmas blues for many this year

Published: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017

We are now in the month of November and all around us we can feel the Christmas atmosphere. The hustle and bustle is everywhere especially in our businesses who see this as an opportunity.

Our nation this year has had many challenges—storms aftermath, economic issues, increase in cost of living, loss of love ones through murders, loss of jobs, destruction of property etc. In my humble opinion we have had it from all directions. The beautiful thing is that we are still standing.

Yet there is something we all cannot deny: many of our citizens will face the “Christmas blues”. I know we can argue the point that everyone in some way is going through something, but the reality is that for many of us, despite of what is taking place around us, our heads are still above water.

It is important that we do not forget those who are sinking and that includes even our nation’s children. At this time of the year, please let us not get so caught up in just ourselves, friends and family members, but look beyond and in some way, reach out to that stranger.

I believe this is the heartbeat of God, citizens being His hands towards others that are having a rough time. If it is possible, let us bring back some joy in the lives of someone this Christmas season. The principle of receiving still lies in the concept of giving and while it may not be your intention to receive as you give, this principle will not change. So I encourage all, let us do as a popular song states “why not give love” and it is an action.

ARNOLD GOPEESINGH,
SAN JUA