By: Nicole Lashomb/TRT Editor-in-Chief—
Happy Holidays (whistling well-known caroling songs)! Like many people, undeniably, this is my favorite time of the year. However, this past Thanksgiving, I found myself pondering something other than turkey and mistletoe. As I sat in my living room with seasonal music playing in the background, aromas of the feast we prepared circulating in the air and the twinkle of candlelight encasing me, I could not help but think of those less fortunate. Those who did not experience the same love, peace and comfort as I.
There are countless individuals and families carrying on with much less this holiday season. The streets are overflowing with the homeless, children are waiting to find their forever families, some are stricken with a terminal disease and will be celebrating their last holiday this season or maybe they’ve already said goodbye. Millions live in poverty, some losing what they once had and others never being able to achieve it through no fault of their own, but by rather a systematic failure of oppression and barriers. [pullquote]Millions live in poverty, some losing what they once had and others never being able to achieve it through no fault of their own, but by rather a systematic failure of oppression and barriers.[/pullquote]
Mostly, this holiday season, I am not thinking of what Santa will leave for me or dreaming of other material goods that I’ve wished were mine. Instead, I’m refocusing my energy on serving those who are suffering in need. I’m clear of what steps I have taken before, what steps need to be taken now, and what steps will be taken tomorrow. I hope that you will join me in the best way that you can help to reach those in need too.
And, to our special late-night caller, we wish you well and happiness always, friend.
*Nicole Lashomb is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Rainbow Times. She holds an MBA from Marylhurst University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Crane School of Music. An activist, Nicole writes passionately about disenfranchised groups. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.