There are 11 days remaining until the end of the year. And the Winter solstice of 2017 for the Northern Hemisphere will be at 8:28 AM tomorrow. But today, did you happen to know, is the International Human Solidarity Day? It is annually held today to celebrate unity in diversity and to remind the world of the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty and other world ills. A most noble goal and thought, indeed.
In light of all the aforementioned, I want to focus a bit today on those that were noble and kind to me throughout the year. At the end of the year, we do note we need to not let old acquaintances be forgotten. And that is a great goal as well. It is important to recognize those that have been in our lives. We are who we are as a result of the many that have touched upon our minds and souls at some point.
I am grateful to those that have stood by me. I am grateful to those that I randomly met on a bench when I was feeling down. I am grateful to family and friends that helped in countless ways by just being there and lending an ear, a voice and providing a tasteless joke here and there. I need all the silly, bad jokes people may have.
I also feel the need to acknowledge a few good quality people I met this year that helped me continue to believe in the good in people. There were a few people that went out of their way to really help me. They checked in on me on a daily basis. They cheered me on. They didn’t give up on me even when I wanted to. When I wanted to stay in bed, they dragged me out. A quick text mesage here and there in the morning to just see how I was doing. Getting on a phone call with me to help guide me through a icky situation even when they barely knew me. Calling countless others on my behalf to help me navigate and stand tall. Sending me a care package right when I really needed it (and not really knowing that I needed it at that point). Providing signs of encouragement on an almost daily basis through varying forms of social media. Handing me a hand-written thank you note. These things and more were done by people I didn’t know a year ago.
It is an amazing feeling when you connect with some people on such a deeper level so quickly. And that they go to bat for you in the blink of an eye just having met you. With this, I have been blessed this year. There were tough times this past year but I had good quality people in my corner. Even brand new people in my life. Considering the craziness of my life, new friends got tested quickly and I suppose they can now be considered old acquaintances.
The new friends and old alike, stood in solidarity with me this past year and on this day of international solidarity, I honor them.