Without a doubt, this holiday season has been, and will be, a difficult season for me. Like I’ve written before, it’s not like anyone close to me is suffering in pain. I am not ill, I have food to eat, a place to live, family and friends who care about me. Yet, there’s that cloudy, dark feeling that envelops me. Listening to Christmas carols that speak of joy, of birth, of hope and love.

I know there are millions this year who are going through the same kind of isolation due to unemployment. The uncertainty alone is incredibly hard to cope with. I’m hoping that 2011 will be bring some much needed changes.

I pray for a calmer mind, one that seeks out new opportunities to encourage and love others. Instead of claming up, I’m praying that I’ll be able to continue take actions to get things done for others.