COMMENT: Lifeline worker's message
THE nature of working for a newspaper is such that we can't always report everything that our interview subjects tell us - regardless of how interesting we find it on a personal level.
I was lucky enough to have a fairly long conversation with experienced Lifeline crisis support phone service volunteer Elizabeth Gough on Monday.
In talking to Elizabeth about the work she does, she told me quite a lot of things about how she handles her own emotions when dealing with the serious issues facing some people at Christmas, but one thing in particular sums up the way we should approach this time of year.
"I don't think anyone would ever go home from a shift and not count their blessings and realise how lucky they are,” she told me.
It's easy to get caught up in the rush of shopping centres and summer holidays, but that's not what really makes us whole.
Christmas really should be a time to reflect on the good things we have in our lives - the kind of things money can't replace.