The Christmas season has a deep resonance for me. We all lead such busy lives, but over the holidays, the world seems to slow down just a bit to share a message of love and take time to be together.
Despite the consumerism and the mall crowds, the Christmas season really brings out the best in people. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted and loving.
In the spirit of giving, I challenge everyone to do the following:
- Perform a random act of kindness
One random act of kindness goes a long way. Help those you love or a total stranger without looking for praise or expecting something in return.
- Pay it forward
“Pay it forward” is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.
One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.
- Volunteer your time
There’s a well-known secret among long-time volunteers: an act of kindness does more good for you than those you’re serving.
Spend a few hours at a food bank, an animal shelter, or your church helping others. Sharing your time with those in need can help put your own life into perspective.
- Donate to charity or a family in need
Be willing to share your blessings and material possessions with those you love and those that are not as fortunate. You can donate money, time or in-kind donations to local charities in your area. You can also get your workplace involved by organizing a fundraiser for a family in need.
- Help those in need all year round
We need to remember to be charitable in our hearts not just for the season, but throughout the year.
Starting this year, instead of giving during the season of giving and then returning to your “normal life” when you pack away the gifts, the Christmas tree, the ornaments holiday what-nots, let the holidays be a starting point to a life of year-round giving.
This is my holiday wish for you: may you always have a heart that reaches down and lifts people up.
With much love,