A mes­sage of thanks, hope

The Compass - - OPINION - — Terry Roberts is the re­gional ed­i­tor for The Com­pass, The Labradorian and The Aurora news­pa­pers. He can be reached by email at terry.roberts@tc.tc

The tem­per­a­tures last week were un­sea­son­ably cold, bit­ing at ex­posed skin and forc­ing us to add some ex­tra lay­ers of cloth­ing. But de­spite the weather out­side, it’s our hope this is a time of year when the warmth of the sea­son shines through and fam­ily and friends re­con­nect and give thanks for all we have in this peace­ful, pros­per­ous part of the world.

With the hus­tle and bus­tle of Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions still in full for­ward thrust for many, with work, school and shop­ping de­mand­ing nearly ev­ery wak­ing mo­ment for many of us, it’s ex­cit­ing to look for­ward to what we hope will be a brief pe­riod of re­lax­ation, har­mony and fam­ily bond­ing.

The signs of the sea­son are now all around us, and that brings with it a level of stress, pres­sure and ex­pec­ta­tion as we strive to make this hol­i­day sea­son one to re­mem­ber. But for too many of us, Christ­mas is a time of ex­cess, fi­nan­cially and oth­er­wise. As such, it’s im­por­tant that we not lose sight of its true mean­ing, which is to give thanks and re­flect on our lives, and lend a hand when we can.

We are also fully aware that Christ­mas is not the utopia that many com­mer­cials make it out to be, and sick­ness, hard­ship and loss is just as preva­lent as it is any other time of year. While many of us gather for so­cials, meals of plenty and gift-giv­ing, re­mem­ber that oth­ers are not so for­tu­nate, and it’s im­por­tant to not lose sight of this. Per­spec­tive and un­der­stand­ing are two things to keep in mind.

With that, we con­clude by say­ing that it is in­deed a priv­i­lege to have a role in bring­ing you The Com­pass each week, and it truly is a team ef­fort. Here are the names of those who work at our Car­bon­ear of­fice, and their ti­tles:

• Kevin His­cock — Com­pass man­ager and sales man­ager for NL Week­lies; • Ni­cholas Mercer — reporter/pho­tog­ra­pher; • Melissa Jenk­ins — reporter/pho­tog­ra­pher; • Daphne Hearn — ad­ver­tis­ing sales; • Jim Har­ris — print/online ad­ver­tis­ing sales; • Shelleen Emberley — cus­tomer ser­vice/cir­cu­la­tion; and,

• Amanda Pike — sales and cir­cu­la­tion co-or­di­na­tor, NL Week­lies.

On be­half of the team, I would like to wish our read­ers and their fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially our de­voted car­ri­ers, a won­der­ful and safe hol­i­day sea­son.

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