I hold my hand up and confess I am one of lifeâ€™s â€œGrumpy Old Menâ€. But, despite my grumping about so many things, something recently brought home to me just how fortunate I am. It brought it home to me very abruptly indeed. The upshot is that I am going to do something that I never dreamed I would do - and that is to volunteer on Christmas Eve to help those who have fallen on hard times. I hope I will learn firsthand what these various types and kinds of people have to endure and go through on what is to them just a regular day. Those who are â€˜less fortunateâ€™ are said to have a seemingly negative outlook on many aspects to their life, as well on the rest of society, but I have come to realise that this is only for a portion of those who are â€˜less fortunateâ€™ than I. Many others (some of whom I have now had the pleasure to meet and have had numerous discussions with - even though I do not know them personally) badly want to improve themselves so that they can contribute to society like everyone else. I would be mortified if I sound condescending in any way but I would greatly appreciate it if anyone reading this takes just a few minutes to consider just how fortunate they are. There are many ways to help. Some will take just a minute of your year. I now realise that I am only too thankful for the time I possess and hopefully my new experiences will help me remember how valuable it is to share some of that time with those â€˜less fortunateâ€™. So, during this holiday season, I will remember those who may not be as fortunate as I am and are deprived of the things I have often taken for granted. I am extremely fortunate to have rediscovered not only the spirit of the season but the spirit of life. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.