Longford Leader Columnist Mattie Fox: Think of your neighbour this Christmas

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Longford Leader Columnist Mattie Fox: Think of your neighbour this Christmas

Christmas Day will have come and gone, by the time you pick up the next Longford Leader.

After that, it will be 2019.

This is a time to reflect on what we’ve achieved for others, perhaps. None of us, I think we’ll all agree, has done nearly enough to help others.

I will correct that; there are a small but powerful community whose every day is given to helping the less well off.

But they are in the minority.

Another example of the few outscoring the vast majority on the helping scale of life itself. Every rural person should look at themselves, and ask honestly if we do enough to look after those who are incapacitated, living alone, have lost a loved one, are lonely, live in remote places, are feeling the strain of getting by daily, and maybe occasionally wondering what are they doing on this earth.

It’s a very regular happening, in the last few years, that people nobody would ever expect, decide to end it all.

Suicide is a terrible thing, for those who have reached the feeling of helplessness that can bring darkness, wash over the brain, and turn what seems normal into an impossible mountain to climb.

Please think of your neighbour this Christmas.