Beyond requests to give to those less fortunate this holiday season, maybe we can commit to focusing on something basic.


Light the candles, the decorative lights and the Christmas tree.

Find a moment in your day, to be that light too. Smile at someone who appears lonely. Give a reassuring nod to a stranger who seems overwhelmed.

Don’t be afraid to keep a spontaneous conversation going.

Be ready to listen, to help, have an open heart.

Look up from your phone for a few minutes. You never know when you could be someone’s last chance, to see the light.


“There’s a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.”

– Charles Bukowski


This is written in response to how deeply saddened I am by the large number of rail suicides at this time of year. You can read more of my thoughts on this topic here.



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