It’s hard not feeling the excitement in the air for those of us celebrating Christmas. It is only a few days away. My bags are packed and I am ready to share this holiday with dear family. It is a magical feeling with the lights, songs, and traditions. As I make last minute preparations for the season, I can’t help but feel a bit of sorrow for those around the world who are less fortunate.
Like most of us, I have had a very fortunate life. The conflict in Syria is only worsening and as the world stands idly by, men, women, and children are fighting for their lives. While my life has not been without difficulties, I have been fortunate to have been loved, fed, safe, and had opportunity. This Christmas, my only wish is the same for every single human being on the planet.
I wish safe haven for all human beings on this day and every day. I wish for the continued and complete evacuation of Aleppo.
I wish for all people on the planet access to necessary medical care. I also wish safety for first responders who enter conflict without hesitation to save those in need.
As I sit down to a bountiful meal on Christmas leading to the familiar food coma, I wish that no being goes hungry on this day or any day. I will remember how fortunate I am that I have never felt the pang of true hunger.
As I drink my first cup of tea on Christmas Day, I will remind myself that there are people freezing in the world. I will be grateful for the warmth of four walls, a roof, a warm blanket, and fuzzy socks. I will appreciate the little things I take for granted every day.
As I hug loved ones in celebration of the season, I will squeeze them a little tighter knowing how fortunate I am that we are alive, well, and safe.
I wish those suffering in the midst of the conflict, time and support to heal.
My wish is not only for those suffering in Syria, but for any human being suffering in conflict. Yesterday Somalia, today Syria, tomorrow somewhere else. I believe we live in a world where we help those in need, not ignore the suffering for fear of radicalization or Islamophobia. We are not a selfish people. We have plenty to give, plenty to share. Many of us forget how fortunate we truly have it. Join me this season in appreciating… appreciating what you have, not what you lack. Merry Christmas!!
Lori is a travel nurse that has made her way to Sweden. She is also a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. Follow her adventures working and traveling through Europe in her blog, Neonurse, or on Instagram.