A message from Ray Aldridge.
We are entering the favorite time of the year for many people, “The Holidays.” This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday meant to remember the “harvest” and other blessings of the past year. It is generally believed that Thanksgiving is modeled after the 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists of Plymouth (Pilgrims) and the Wampanoag people. Today, we tend to commemorate this holiday by gathering with family and friends to overeat and watch football. But regardless of how you celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s a time where family and friends get together to enjoy good food and great company. We, at ORR, hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
December brings both Hanukkah and Christmas. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. Regardless of what, why, or how you celebrate during December, we wish the very best for you and your family and friends.
During these next two months, acts of kindness and generosity can make a big difference in the life of a family member or friend who is struggling. Some people sense extra financial pressure during this time of the year, but I think that the biggest challenge comes from those who suffer from loneliness, or the emotional pain of a loved one that they have lost. I hope that you see the value, and make a commitment to try and bring delight to someone who could really use your help or personal touch.
My wife has a saying at the bottom of her signature block. It says, “Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always.”