Reading about all the spending on the high street today it got me thinking about those that can’t do that for one reason or another. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not getting maudlin even after a few sherries 🙂
No, I’m thinking about a group of people in our society without whom life for many would be much harder: carers – those people who, for £60 a week, look after one or more members of their families and so easing the strain on society as a whole. Of course it’s not about the money – hardly, and I’m not saying that weakened family members shouldn’t be looked after within their own family, but as we all know the nuclear family is mostly all but an expression today, often leaving the task either to a single family member who may or may not have been in a position to do so, or perhaps those good folk in care homes.
There has been a lot of criticism of care homes in recent years, citing a few rotten apples that make it look like society is failing. Think about the many people who are now doing long shifts in nursing homes, or those at home dealing with a relative that needs constant – and I do mean constant – attention. While you’re out at the pub or having drinks with your friends and families, jut pause for a moment and think of those that are often enablers for your carefree position. Christmas doesn’t have to be about religion, but in the spirit of its origin, take a moment to think of others. Let’s face it, we all know someone in this role, either directly or perhaps it is someone who works in your office.
Merry Christmas and have a great New Year!