It wasn’t so long ago I was living in the barrio with no car, no job, no family, neighbors smoking pot on my doorstep and bonda music playing all night.

And it was the holidays.

I avoided Christmas trees because they reminded me of everything I didn’t have – I couldn’t even afford a tiny one of my own and if I saw one I broke down into a puddle of tears.

Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season …

It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness.

We all need caring, loving thoughts right now.

Be grateful for whatever you have.

Be kind.

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