A New Year’s Wish

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The Christmas season is now history and we are celebrating a New Year. It can still be an opportunity for spending time with family and friends and reflecting on the challenges life has given us.

The Christmas season is now history and we are celebrating a New Year. It can still be an opportunity for spending time with family and friends and reflecting on the challenges life has given us. We read the local newspapers, listen to the radio and watch television and sometimes ask ourselves where will it end – the violence and apparent lack of concern for our    fellow human beings. What can we do?
The answer is baby steps. We will never end world hunger or all the         violence in other countries, but we can make a difference in our own communities and in the lives of family members and friends. Many of us have battled or are battling various troubles, and are struggling to find answers, yet remain positive when nothing seem to be forthcoming. Facing any type of issue, whether it be health, employment or something else, it is never easy but seems much more difficult at this time of year. We want to be full of joy and share good    tidings with each other, but it can be very difficult when, inside, we are battling our own demons and concerns.
This is when we need the support of family and friends the most – whether it be a simple phone call, a thumbs-up     gesture or sharing your friendship and concern in another way.
This year, take the opportunity to share a gesture of friendship with others. Good deeds never go unnoticed or    unrewarded. Do something nice for someone else. It will give you a sense of inner peace and happiness.

Peter L. Smith
L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES