Friday December 1, 2023

By: Thelma Sugay The world is facing so many atrocities: there is the war in Israel, continued hostility between Ukraine and Russia, and for the first time in years, the position of the United States as the most powerful nation in the world is being challenged. China is projected to replace the U.S. in its number one spot when it comes to economic status. So, what can we do to combat the feeling of hopelessness? This is as good a time as any to reflect on ways we can truly celebrate Christmas this year and give back to the world that so desperately needs kindness. 1. Clear your homes of unnecessary junk. Clothes, shoes, and linens that are still in good condition could be more useful to places like the third world countries (like the Philippines) and to those who are trying to rebuild their homes, such as Ukraine, Israel, and Maui. You can also organize a local clothes distribution project – like along Skid Row, if you’re LA-based – if you prefer. 2. Refrain from prejudging a situation or person. Realize that mental illness is more common than we think. As we come across these people, try to choose kindness while being mindful that you are not a professional. Be aware of your limitations. You may not solve the current state of their problem, but a good first step is understanding and being sensitive to these people. 3. Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive. For your loved ones, you’ll be surprised to find genuine thoughtful presents at yard sales and flea markets. Just be creative and think about what they need or would really enjoy. Then watch that priceless smile on their faces when they open these wrapped presents on Christmas Day. 4. Rediscover...... Read more on Full Issue!

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