CommUNITY Living

By Heather Hicks-Mello

Member, CommUNITY Living Committee

With the holidays upon us, it’s important to take a moment to remember that not all of us have family nearby or even living. We may have friends who have just lost a loved one, or may have just moved in. The holidays can be a very difficult time of year to be alone. Part of the miracle and joy of the season is cherishing those around us and being thankful for what we have.

One of the 12 Principles of Considerate Conduct is “Be Inclusive.‘  This principle stresses the fact that new people or people who are alone that may not necessarily ask to be involved, but miss the camaraderie of having a partner or loved one with which to share the season. Let us be mindful of all those around us, who as a basic staple of being human, need contact and relationships. As we go into this holiday season, spread the gift of friendship and you’ll be amazed at the difference it can have on someone’s life.

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”

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