Christmas is a season that is celebrated by over two billion people worldwide. The focus of the season differs from one person to another. There are those whose pre-occupation is to maximize the season through commercial activities, while some others see it as the season to unwind and enjoy themselves through partying. A large number of these people see it as the season when Jesus Christ-the Savior of the world was born. There is an ongoing debate about the certainty of the date of birth of Christ, but whether the date is accurate or not, I choose to see it differently. I also believe that if you can use the period to reflect on the quality of your life, the impact it has had on your generation and also look at the life that lies ahead of you, it will be worth the while.
In addition, if you could sit down and try to see beyond yourself and your immediate family, your eyes would be opened to individuals and families who probably don’t know where the next meal would come from. When you are able to see this, then there is a probability that you would realize that what is normal to you in terms of your condition of living is actually a luxury to many individuals or families out there. You might eventually be moved to take out of what doesn’t necessarily count to you and make it count for others out there. I hope that there would be a family or two, five, ten, twenty, fifty or even hundreds out there that would be helped through you after you are done reading this article. It was crafted genuinely from my heart so that we would have a network of people who would be committed to this cause so that we can collectively make a difference in the lives of the people that fall in this category.
Abraham Maslow came up with a theory called the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It has five major levels of needs clearly illustrated. The physiological (breathing, food, water, sex, sleep), Safety (security of: body, employment, resources, morality, the family, health, property), Love/Sense of Belonging (friendship, family, sexual intimacy), Esteem (self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others) and Self-Actualization (morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts). If the lower needs are not met, advancing to the next level will only be a mirage. Until one level is crossed, the next will NEVER be a priority. If we want to see a better community, city, nation or world, an individual needs to be helped to the stage of Self Actualization.
I read an article by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. It estimated that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Almost all the hungry people, 852 million, live in developing countries, representing 15 percent of the population of developing counties. There are 16 million people undernourished in developed countries.
Christmas season for me therefore goes beyond the earlier reasons for celebration. I see it as an embodiment of love, sensitivity and care in practical terms. I see it as an opportunity to see oneself as an integral part of change, changing our world one person at a time. I see it as an avenue to genuinely reach out to others without any ulterior motive or expecting something in return. It is to this end I am saying merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance. I love you all from the depth of my heart.
Watch a special Christmas Greetings from the link; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD7rkQ31Oc4
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