There are a lot of motivational speakers and quotes around at this time of year. Actually they’re around all year but they seem to take on a life of their own around Christmas. I have no wish to diminish those who find it inspiring to preach about our need to feel grateful. I just want to reach out to those who don’t feel grateful at all, those who feel like they’ve been dealt a tough hand in life. It can feel very lonely to be told to feel grateful if you don’t feel like you have much to be grateful about. It can make you feel a lot worse, now you have to contend with the idea that you’re a bad person for not feeling grateful too.
Feeling lonely is a distressing experience. Feeling lonely among family and friends is sadly common. If you are feeling lonely or misunderstood, please don’t give up trying to find someone to talk to. It could change your life. Wishing you peace as this year closes.