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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 4, 2016

Help others in their time of need

By Jim Turner | Nov 25, 2016

To the editor:

It would be difficult to get through your school years without running across the first few lines of the Dickens’s classic “A Tale of Two Cities”: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Anytime in our lives can be a “good time” if we know how to use it.

The times of depression, anxiety, fear and uncertainty can lead us to a stronger faith in God. And it can be a God of our own choosing, understanding and description.

A time of inactivity and or loss of a job, a spouse, a relative or friend can be a time to reconfigure our lives, our priorities, our values and our beliefs.

In truth these difficult times, very difficult times, can make us a better person: more generous, more patient, more kind and, best of all, more loving toward others.

Another Dickens’s classic, David Copperfield, begins with a famous phrase-it goes something like this: “I always wondered whether I would become the hero of my own life.”

Everyone knows at least one person in this holiday season who is struggling, perhaps even temporarily failing, to be “the hero” of their own life. It is a time to encourage them, to give them sympathy, understanding and compassion. If they ask for help, guide them to the light you have found and show them you believe with all your heart that they can find their own light to guide them through their lives.

And finally, tell them: “This, too, shall pass.”

The darkest hour is always just before the dawn....CSNY*

*Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

 

– Jim Turner, Fairfield

 

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