“The Gift of Giving!”

Life's Meaning

Happy Monday, y’all … and it’s the week of Christmas, too!

Is anyone getting into the Christmas spirit? You know, the spirit of giving “gifts”, and re-evaluating ones values and opinions, maybe even spiritual awareness? I love this time of year, even with all of the emphasis on expensive presents and activities. I like them, too, when possible! It all depends, but I really like the emphasis on doing “acts of kindness”. Now, I don’t go searching for those stories or opportunities but when I come across them, I thoroughly enjoy them … and share them.

How cool is it to be able to give something to someone? Here is where the concept or definition of “give” may need clarification or we may need to establish a basic premise, be it financial “giving” or personal developmental giving. Giving should be agreed to be providing someone with “something” that helps them to handle or correct a situation that needed immediate attention, pressing even. It is a “gift” to be able to give. It is an honor for someone to look to someone else to “give” them something they may need. Handle with care! That simple, yet important, act of kindness can come at a moment that many may call “life changing”. The giver as well as the “givee” may experience something in the moments of giving and then continued moments when one may see the gift being used well and appreciated!! Has that ever happened to you? It feels great, especially when the recipient notices the difference that your “gift” made in their life.

So, as we make our way through this Monday Christmas week, and, as we approach the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, not to mention the Winter Solstice, may we each identify some areas in our lives where we can make a difference, improve ourselves, even, as well as the world in which we live. Then of course, as many a “new year’s resolution” suggests, put it into practice! Have a great day!


John I. Cook

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