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Family Health & Holidays

Piglet gently approached Pooh from behind, whispering, "Pooh." "Yes, Piglet?" Pooh replied. "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."

As we step into the month, I had two themes to choose from: family health and holidays. After pondering for a while, it dawned on me to blend both themes with a unique twist.

The holiday season is now upon us, and there would be no joy in any season, especially the holiday season, without the warmth of our families and the people we love. And when we talk about family, it's not just limited to blood relations; it includes friends who have become family. As an anonymous author beautifully put it, "Family is not always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile, the ones who love you, no matter what."

So, our circle of loved ones expands, creating endless possibilities for love and connection. However, life isn't always a Hallmark movie with a perfect ending or a Nutcracker ballet with a flawless finale. In reality, not everything works out as planned, and spending a holiday without a loved one can be devastating. Traditions and rituals that once brought joy may now feel like distant memories. While time may heal and dull the pain, the holiday season has a way of bringing up all the emotions.

Parents, who were once accustomed to being with their children all the time, now find themselves with only half the time during the holidays. Holiday traditions and festivities once shared together, must now be adjusted according to divorce agreements, leaving one parent with a broken heart. It's painful, unfair, and unjust, yet they do their best not to break down when their loved ones are not around.

As you read this, take a moment to think of family members or friends who may be living with a broken heart during this festive season. In the spirit of joy and togetherness, ensure your loved ones are healthy and aware that you are there for them. Sometimes, saying nothing at all—just being there, offering moments of undivided attention, being quiet, caring, and compassionate—is the best thing you can do. And to anyone cradling a broken heart: you're not alone, you will survive, and there are others right there with you.

I wish all my wonderful readers a very happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year!

La Dolce Vita!


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