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Amongst so much despair
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Date: 12/15/11 7:40 PM

I work in an alternative high school with young moms, many of whom are aboriginal. We have contact with quite a few of the other students as well for various reasons.

The stories and interactions I heard today concerning at least 5 different families were quite heartbreaking. I am very glad to be at this time of my life, when I have learned how to take such information in and not have it devastate me as it might have when I was younger. My yoga philosophy training has also helped me see and hear these things in a way where I still feel compassion and do what I can to help without letting it eat away at my own well being.

Issues of homelessness, mental illness, hunger, family violence and more are in the lives of these young people. As I left work this afternoon all I could think was "what is this world coming to?" and "let this be a lesson to you to be thankful for your health, your wonderful family and a warm, happy home." I think this is my Christmas lesson for the year.

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Date: 12/15/11 8:25 PM

I agree Tourist. I think one exception is that these issues are more talked about /obvious today (maybe due to the availability of instant news reports). I think that they have always been there, only hidden. Thank goodness that the victims can articulate their problems - and most importantly, people like you are there to listen! We forget how lucky most of us are!!

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Date: 12/16/11 10:40 AM

Hi Tourist,

I work at an agency in Victoria that does counselling for kids who have been abused. It can be really hard to know what some have been through. Do you have info on various services in Greater Victoria?

We are really lucky that a donation each December is designated to helping a couple families have a nicer holiday season. This year we are able to help 3 families who are struggling

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Date: 12/16/11 11:04 AM

A good friend of mine teaches in an alternative school. We met last week for dinner because she was so stressed out and needed to talk. One of her favorites was arrested for armed robbery. Really long story but the poor kid had no chance whatsoever with the hand he was dealt with parent wise! She gets so attached to these kids and wants to save them all but she can't. I don't know how she maintains her sanity. But thank goodness there are people like her and others who give all they can to these kids.

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Date: 12/16/11 11:33 AM

I agree Tourist. In many ways, at least where I live (Alberta) - have grown almost smug with our nice comfortable lifestyles.

Hear no evil, speak no evil, say no evil = no evil.

This illusion - yes illusion - is slipping away as we start to see the cruelty and devasation some people are exposed to on a daily basis. Yes, even in our own backyards. The following are concepts I never thought were seriously real and tragically are: throw away kids, starter spouse, Bank of Grandma/Grandpa, breathing bodies (meaning employees), and so many other cruel callous things. Things I would not even repeat on this forum.

I can't even stand to watch the news anymore. The world is in such a mess. Most of it is due to greed I think.

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Date: 12/16/11 9:13 PM

Amazingly, as I crawled into bed last night I was mentally whining because I was cold and was kicking myself for not having spent a few minutes in the hot tub to warm up. I have a warm, clean bed for goodness sake!

Michelle - yes, we have access to resources, but as you know, it is complicated. We are giving out hampers to the young families and we make sure they have grocery store cards so they can continue to buy groceries in January when the hamper food is gone.

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Date: 12/17/11 9:04 AM

It really is so very important to look at one's own life and to see the amazing gifts we have, and to be grateful for them. It is equally critical to look around and find what each of us can do to help others. There is always someone whose need is greater than our own.

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