Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Boxing day thoughts


Santa will be ok, he had a lot of help and now has a year off.
But will they?









31 comments:

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

So true...

Jen said...

So very true. We ran across the Unicef photo of the Year (http://www.spiegel.de/img/0,1020,1048831,00.jpg, with explanation at http://www.unicef.de/foto/2007/english/index.htm ) a few days before Christmas, and it helped to put a lot of things in perspective for my daughter. Even with the struggles that our kids face every day, we're still better off (and luckier) than most of the world. I sometimes need to remind myself of that too.

MOTHER OF MANY said...

Thank you for this message Casdok.

chelle said...

awww that is definitely a strong message to send. I hope to take the kids to help out at a soup kitchen when they are a little older.

zamejias said...

That's something to think about especially at this time of the year...when all (oh most) that we can think of is shop, eat and be merry.

Ashley's Mom said...

Amen!

Odat said...

Hey, I'm playing catch up here...I'm so glad you had a nice day with "c"...sweet!

And this post is soo sad, but true..thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Peace

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

As always, wonderful post and wonderful message from the wonderful person you are.

captain corky said...

Very sad.

Seamus said...

Poignant and appropriate post for this Boxing Day!

**"Liza"** said...

sad thing to see these kids suffer like this..Cruel reality..;(
My WW here

laughingwolf said...

happy boxing day, cas and c!

yes, we must care for fellow human beings with more than lip service....

BBC said...

I live a simple basic life and help others the best I can. And attend war protests. That is all I can do, it's up to the rest of the world to do it's part.

Jade said...

Wonderfully powerful message. Hope you and your "wee man" had a great holiday!

BBC said...

And......

Nothing is going to improve until after "The Great Awakening". But it's going to get a lot more ugly before that happens.

As I bounce around the world everyday looking at news and events I see things getting worse almost everywhere.

leslie said...

Always be thankful/grateful for what we have, not bitter about what we don't have.

My daughter ended up in the hospital at 3:30 a.m. Christmas morning but I'm so thankful she was allowed to come home for 2 hours to open her gifts with the family.

Now I'm on my way over to see her. Blessings to you and C for your great optimism. I'm like that, too.

Kelly Malloy said...

What a great reminder!

craig andrew said...

Thank you for the post. C:)

Tanya Brown said...

Contrasts and perspective. Invaluable.

laurentius rex said...

Very poignant but very true.

What we in this time capsule insulation don't realise that not only are these contrasts all our pasts (for if you read Engels, Mayhew and Dickens, you will know what Victorian poverty was like) but all our futures too, for our rape of the third world cannot go on.

We have poisoned the planet with our aspirational lifestyle, for is our lifestyle with its obesity anything that anyone should aspire too.

I have seen all our profligate use of electricity to light up display screens and street lights everywhere, now if it were only Christmas I would not complain, but the use of energy these days is way in excess of what was necessary in my childhood.

As a child in the fifties and sixties I was not poor compared to the third world, but we had nothing compared to what children in the west have today.

Where did it go wrong. The pursuit of an ever higher lifestyle is bought at the expence of cheap labour and destruction of the environment elsewhere.

Slavery was outlawed in England 100 years ago, but have we learnt by that? No we just continue by other means to rape the third world.

Meredith said...

Yeah...true...
Sometimes I think about erasing myself from Earth not to take more away from those in need... but never been stong enough to actually do it.
I'm walking on a thin line between guilt and gratitude, both for having it better, even though we live on minimum wage with Mom...
Dammit. Self-conflict. For some odd reason, I don't want to die, especially not before graduation.
Am I a cruel brat for that?
Honestly.

aims said...

Thank you for this Cas - it's so easy to moan what we think we don't have - when others have so much less.
I try (and often fail) to remember that my problems are minuscule compared to others'....

Hammer said...

How true. So many take this easy life for granted.

wildtomato said...

Those are hard images to swallow, but they speak truth. Thanks for today's food for thought.

Lady in red said...

very thought provoking

I do try to think of those who are worse off than me when ever I am unhappy about something. I am lucky that my problems are so trivial.

tsduff said...

Thank you for the reminder that we are incredibly blessed with what we have, while others are not. Very thoughtful post.

Anndi said...

We are the fortunate few who eat til we feel no hunger...

Lovely post, thank you!

Sherry said...

We never know what we have, how fortunate we are...until we realize that there are so many others with less..or nothing at all.

HAR said...

A very powerful post. Thanks! I needed that!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Rhonda said...

Keeping this in mind always helps me be more grateful.
thanks Casdok!

MarmiteToasty said...

Goodness, what a very moving post...... fank you for reminding us....

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