I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written and perhaps a woman my age shouldn’t even contemplate writing to you, but here I am. And although I think I’ve been pretty nice this year, depending on who you ask,you could get some very conflicting reports… 😉
In my defense, Santa, it’s really hard to be a pundit sometimes with all these politicians and their l
ackeys, PR spinners lame excuses ahem.. ‘challenges’! I have to point out where they- and we – could do better. I have to say the things that sometimes,very few will say and sometimes that really upsets people, but I promise you it’s all done with good intent to try and make things better.
I know you are incredibly busy with trying to get things done for children all around the world who are hoping for a visit, but if you have any time at all when that is done, I’ve got a small list for you too. ( Small if you consider I haven’t written for about 39 years ! )
- For every minister in the BC government, I’d like you to bring humility and commonsense. In the face of so many heartbreaking and appalling examples of bad decision-making and policy, instead of just doing the right thing, we’ve had denials, smirks and evasion. Give them the humility to remember it is an honour to be elected, and the commonsense to know when to admit wrong,and make it right.
- For Rod MacIssac, and the other health researchers, please bring them justice.
- For the families of the murdered and missing women, and for the families of every child in care who has been harmed or died, please bring hope renewed hope for justice, accountability, action, closure and peace.
- For the sake of the good people of the Peace River, Santa, and for every British Columbian who will pay the price of this bad decision, please bring Premier Clark and Bill Bennett the awareness they need to do the right thing and halt Site C, and send it to the BC Utilities Commission. Economically and environmentally, without that review it’s roll of the dice. And considering we just found out the dam upstream is still waiting for major repairs that should have been finished by now? Santa,please work on this one.
- In my own city,Surrey, please give our leaders the ability to recognize that vision is great,but only if the essentials are taken care of that make the city livable. Please give them the wisdom to know we are building out too fast and the price we pay in doing so shows on the pages of our papers.
- And for our province? Please bring us strong,compassionate leadership. Someone kind of like Nenshi. Someone who has feet firmly planted on the ground,who demonstrates the values and qualities of integrity,accountability and transparency. Who puts good government above pandering policy and corporate sponsors. Who knows that the number of children in poverty is a pretty good benchmark for how successful a government really is. I know, I know…Santa, I can almost hear you say “Patience!” But I’m just putting it out there.
The list could go on indefinitely Santa. There is so much that needs to be taken care of, so many pressures on our communities regardless of where we live. The vast number of people relying on food banks in BC is a painful reality, but the goodness of your spirit at this time of year transcends race and religion as people come together to provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. But the rest of the year? That needs some work.
So please Santa, if you could share the spirit of engagement with all British Columbians this Christmas, that would be just lovely. If we could keep this feeling of wanting to help others,of wanting to help our communities, of seeing how much need there is to make change in every level of our governments to make all our lives a bit better going all year… that would give me, and so many others.. so much hope.
It’s hard to keep the spirit up all year long Santa. Very hard. I know I speak for many who feel like sometimes we are banging our heads against a brick wall and aren’t making a dent. And so for all of my wonderful readers who already are engaged citizens, I want you to bring each of them hope and knowledge that it can and does make a difference.
Because we were made for these times Santa. Please let them know that. Let them carry this in their heart:
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
Whether they believe in a God, or not, and whether they even believe in you Santa, or not, I know they can believe in that passage above.
So Santa, thanks for listening.
ps. If you want to know why we get so frustrated,here is an example.On the same morning of the leaked report stating MCFD could use another $50 million for staff and training, the BC govt gave $50 million to health research…. http://www.news1130.com/2015/12/14/bc-announces-50-million-for-health-research/
Could you toss in some ibuprofen for me ?