I am always looking for an excuse to be thankful, and this season is another reason to be grateful for all that I have. I also appreciate all of you who have been stopping by to hang out with us since September.
But I’d like to take a moment to give a special thanks to those unpublicized heroes who help unsuspecting members of our community during this time of year. Many among us have suffered tremendous losses of loved ones, especially from COVID or other circumstances.
There have been failed relationships, loneliness, joblessness, homelessness, etc. Unfortunately, these conditions can cause a spike in mental illness, thoughts of suicide, physical and mental abuse, excessive drug and alcohol use, and other thinking traps that can spiral out of control.
That’s why during this season, sharing and making wonderful memories should be at the top of our list of things to do.
Select one or more people to provide them with some feel-good tools to help them get through this season, knowing someone like you cares about them.
Many among us are flying on broken wings—also the title of my book and the impetus for our show. I invite you to visit my website at http://www.drpgbhudson.com/ and consider purchasing a copy to give to a friend or loved one who might find value in knowing that even in the darkest of days, there can be a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
That’s exactly what awaited me when I climbed out of my situation and found my light. My book goes deeply into that darkness, which was repaired with the light.
Make Flying on Broken Wings a favorite stocking stuffer this holiday. It is on sale today!
And here are some PRICELESS items to add to your book purchase and a list of things to share with others. Try one or all of them, combined with a copy of Flying on Broken Wings and make someone happy this season.
- Intentionally lift someone up without giving false praise.
- Bring a bit of unexpected cheer in the form of a visit or a small token to highlight the season.
- Make it a point to engage in at least one random act of kindness that may or may not take you out of your comfort zone.
- Go out of your way to do something extra for a person who has experienced a loss.
- Give the gift of words and a genuine smile.
- Be mindful of insensitive references associated with mental illness, remembering the old adage our mothers taught us—if you can’t say something good, then don’t say anything at all.
- Show, not tell someone that this truly is a jolly good time of the year.
- Seek out someone specifically that you are aware of who could use your support during this holiday.
- Engage in a quick face-to-face conversation or phone call with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Don’t be surprised if that person hijacks the conversation because they need to be heard; your job--just listen—it too is a gift!
- If a conversation or phone call isn’t in your plans, send an email, a card, or something else to lift the spirits of an unsuspecting person.
- Find it in your heart to forgive someone for a grudge held onto much too long, and be the first to offer the olive branch. Just Be Thankful for What You Got!
Here are your final instructions:
- Get up and get moving so that you can
- Be responsible for giving someone a brighter holiday.
- Work on your list to provide others with an opportunity to build special memories.
- Do everything you can to rain down sunshine, goodwill, and peace toward all people.
Enjoy, remember the reason for the season, and until next time, keep flying on your own wings!
Dr. PGB Hudson