Tuesday, December 15, 2020

"Put Your Oxygen Mask On Before Helping Others"

In the latest edition of the otolaryngology academy newsletter (yes, I still read it), the current academy president got my attention with that word of instruction, followed by these words. "I encourage us all to offer words of support and a listening ear to colleagues, friends, and families. We all need each other to get through these challenging times" 

I had just been meditating on how different Christmas will be this year. There won't be as many around our table and tree. Admittedly  I was feeling a bit down, and then I read those words. "Put your oxygen mask on before helping others." In other words, take heart yourself and then help those with whom you come in contact who might be feeling down. 

This is Christmas, whether celebrated by a multitude together or one by one. The message remains the same. God has given us a Gift--one not wrapped in shiny paper but clothed as an infant--and that Gift means eternal life to those who will receive us. Pass it on. 

I'll be taking the rest of the month for some time of "vacation." May you each have a Merry Christmas. Take time to reflect on the meaning of the day--then pass it on.


Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoy your time away from the blog and maybe other responsibilities! I'm doing the same after Friday. :-)


Priscilla Bettis said...

Merry Christmas, Richard!

Richard Mabry said...

Best wishes, Patricia and Priscilla, for the merriest of Christmases.

Diana Hardt said...

Merry Christmas!