It’s the season for wishes of hope, faith, joy and peace; all of which we need in abundance this year. Taking time to prepare for the holidays makes us think of and take time for others, our family, friends, colleagues, community. A small act of giving sends a clear message that the receiver of the gift is valued, his/her friendship, affection, and or efforts are recognized.
It’s also the time of year when we should think of our fellow humans as Marley warns in Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol. Marley enters Scrooge’s bedroom dragging a heavy chain made up of cashboxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” He tells his one-time friend and partner.
What would the world be like if these sentiments were in all of our hearts the year ’round?
I wish I could see such a world. Right now I’ve only seen glimpses of it, but when I do it always gives me hope.
Recently, I saw one in my nephew’s initiative to emulate the “In America, How Could This Happen” display created by D.C. artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. The display created by Ms. Firstenberg was that of over 200,000 white flags representing the lives lost to COVID-19 that were placed in the D.C. Armory Parade Ground Southeast.
My nephew Jack chose to use American flags to honor and recognize Nassau County NY residents who have died due to COVID-19. His grandfather, Tom Kaiser was among those memorialized in the Bayville display. Jack took up this idea to emulate Ms. Firstenberg’s display because in his words,”It was nice to see that someone could do something that great to make people feel better and show that there was support for them. I thought that would be a great idea to do up here.”
Thank you Jack and to all whose actions manifest hope, faith, joy and peace.