Many of us have a belief that gift-giving has to be expensive, and this belief can often put us in crisis at holiday time. This month let’s discuss another option that can be just as treasured! Do you have an idea of what it might be? If your answer was a gift of joy, you’re right!
In a world that can be hostile and competitive, we should strive to create a society that celebrates and honors the special people in our lives.
A Small Act Can Go a Long Way
Let’s make a list of people that in recent years have had some sort of uniqueness in your life? Did you have a teacher who taught you a great deal and made your school life a lot better? Or maybe there’s someone who works hard at their job and you see it when no one else does. Are there forgotten workers that maybe you don’t see but who make your world so much better? How can you recognize their efforts?
Have you considered writing a short letter or note that says how much you appreciate them and how different your life would be without them? No matter who they are – whether the trash man, the mail person, or your sister, write a small thank you card for them, and tell them that you acknowledge how hard they work. The card doesn’t have to be expensive either; it can just be a small piece of paper your kids drew. If you feel like that’s too hard, a sincere look in the eye, a good solid hug, and a verbal thank you can make all the difference in the day.
A Goal for December
Sometimes small actions are forgotten in our busy world, and we end up forgetting how vital appreciation for others is. Take a moment and think about how long has it been since someone appreciated how hard you were working in life and was grateful for you and said or wrote it out to you? It has probably been a while, if ever. In this, be the change you wish to see!
My secret goal here is that maybe, just maybe, we fall so in love with this practice that we start looking for ways to appreciate others daily instead of just during the holiday season. Make this a goal. Let’s spread a feeling of love throughout our community and teach our children to do the same. It’s such a great way to feel amazing, by letting others know how amazing they are, and in this maybe we shift the world just a little bit, to a kinder, gentler place.