Food For Thought

The holidays are “supposed” to be a time for joy and happiness, but it tends to make me feel sad. While I know how insane this may sound, I do have my reasons. I think about those who have lost loved ones both recently and not so recently. Unfortunately, most of us have lost someone we cared deeply for and the empty chair at the dinner table during the holidays is another reminder they are gone. It does not matter how long it has been, the loss of someone we loved is a pain that stays with us.

I feel heartbreak for people I have never met that I know who lost someone they loved. Recently, there was a tragic loss for a wife and her children, when Stephen Boss, also known as “Twitch,” took his own life. Another celebrity who recently lost her life was Sonya Eddy who played Epiphany Johnson in the soap opera, General Hospital, which I have watched since I was a child. I think about the families of these two people and how they will get through the holidays without them.

During the holidays, I also think about my late Grandfather and my husband’s late Grandparents. Even though my grandfather and I did not see each other as often as I would have liked because we lived several states away from each other, I do always miss the sound of his voice when we talked on Christmas Day. Since my husband and I have been together, which is now going on twenty years, we always used to spend Christmas Day at his Grandparent’s house before they passed away, which is the house we now live in. The one thing we will all always have, no matter how many years since our loved ones passed away, is amazing memories.

I cannot help but think about the many people across this world that will face the upcoming holidays for the first time without their loved ones. So many will deal with pain and sadness over the holidays, and it fills me with sadness. Maybe I am being overly emotional, but I also think about the millions of people that are homeless and do not have the opportunity to enjoy a hot family dinner surrounded by loved ones. Too many people are doing the best they can on the streets, trying to find shelter and food, which should never be the case, no matter why they are in the situations they find themselves in.

I might overthink things too much, but there are so many questions that keep running through my head. Why do some people have to struggle, especially in a country as wealthy as the United States? Why do the ones who are not struggling financially and would not miss a few dollars not offer to help the underprivileged more? There are so many struggling with mental instabilities that cannot find the help they need and why is this? Why do people have to suffer and starve? Why can the world not be fair and provide equal opportunities to everyone? If you saw a young man or woman on the street in the cold, would you try to help them or would you turn your head and walk away? It is not possible that I am the only person who has these thoughts and wants to help.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I know this post was not as uplifting as I normally try to be, but this is how I am feeling and needed to get these feelings out to others and give them something to think about. I feel that sometimes it only takes a few people to think about the bigger problems in life and make small strides to do something to help. I hope you are having a good week and there was something that I have shared in this post that resonated with you. I look forward to reading your comments and I will respond as quickly as I can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love, comfort, support, and MANY positive vibes!

Always, Alyssa

6 thoughts on “Food For Thought

  1. Great and sincere post 🙏🏻😌🙏🏻..much of the strife in the world is made of composite reasons… I have lost count of the number of sources that say that “deaths” are planned and souls agreed to their departure… but of course this does not take away the grief of those losing loved ones. Lessons need to be learned on Earth.. and from my experience , sometimes lessons are repeating ones because humanity hasn’t mastered giving and receiving love, amongst other issues. But slowly, there’s an awakening of the masses…

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  2. Hugs, Alyssa! The holidays are kind of hard for me, too. I get all of those holiday letters from other family members with all of the trips, events, and family gatherings that they had and… I am in the third year of lockdown. This has really been a terrible year and I have to admit that I am pretty darn stressed about so many things in the news and the loss of several friends this year. I also felt the loss of Twitch like a body blow. I’ve had a blog post brewing inside of me about the low level lawlessness that is starting to emerge in my community and at the holiday season I am more aware of how little caring I see around me. Hugs again, we will make it through, and hopefully empathy, caring, and good manners will make a return in the coming year.

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    • I am so sorry and I do understand. Lockdown was difficult and for those of us still trying to stay safe, it is hard because we want to be able to enjoy the holidays. I hope you enjoy the holiday weekend, but please continue to stay safe because you are doing what you need to do to avoid getting sick. Hopefully, things will start to improve in the world soon!

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