Share the Love
Share the Love
As the festive season of Christmas comes upon us we often get so busy with our own life that it can be easy to overlook others. Christmas can be one of the most joyous times of the year, but for many it is lonely and sad.
I have been very blessed to have spent every Christmas surrounded by love and generosity, but as a child, I thought everybody did. I grew up in a small town where, at the time, poverty and other life challenges were not prevalent, at least not in my little bubble. It was all about the presents for me.
It makes me a little sad to understand that’s what it meant to me, but it makes me very happy to know that now I have grown to understand it’s so much more.
Now, being much older, and having experienced some of my own life setbacks, as well as seeing misfortune in others, I have a much different perspective. I get much joy of giving to others....especially giving to people who need a helping hand. It’s also wonderful to see all the people who are pitching in to support others. It’s really a win-win.....helping people fills our own self with a sense of greater purpose and appreciation.
I’m proud to see how many people in our community are doing up Christmas hampers, gathering warm blankets, clothes and coats, doing toy drives, dinners, fundraisers and much more. People coming together for the sake of others is what I love most about this holiday season.
I’m also so grateful to have been asked to speak at a big Christmas Feast, sponsored by Life Exchange, for families going through critical times. Presents and Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings for those who have fallen on tough times will surely help to lift spirits. I think it is also a little comforting to know we are not alone.
Most everyone will experience challenging struggles at some time in their life, and feeling the love and generosity of others redeems our faith in humanity....at least it did for me.
When we can look beyond our own welfare, and feel the joy of expanding our offerings to others, then we will greater understand the meaning of gift giving.
For those of you in a position to help a family, or even one person, your generosity of sharing the love will be your best Christmas present of all!
God Bless and Merry Christmas.