Every Friday evening, I attend an Addictions Counseling Meeting via Zoom. I’ve been listening to and speaking with this group of people for about two years. Some of the names and faces have changed, but the core group has mostly remained consistent. I care about them.

The holidays are upon us. Unfortunately, for many people, holidays lead to Depression and Relapsing. Without any question, the pandemic has increased the need for Unhealthy Coping Skills. The combination of Covid-19 and Yearly Holiday Challenges seems to be backing quite a few struggling Souls into a corner.

More than ever before, this is a time for all of us to check on our loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Of course, there’s only one problem with this—the issue of social distancing. Personally, when it comes to helping others, I will not allow anything or anyone to stand in my way. There is always a safe and practical method to the madness. You know, where there’s a will and all of that.

We must help each other. Regardless of what the media is spouting this week, we should never turn our gaze away from those in need. Sadly, we’ve already covered our faces.

Pictured: I visited ‘Santa’s Wonderland’ in Houston this week.

Joseph Shanklin

December 4, 2020

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