In theory this whole season is about giving. Many of us though get swept up in the commercialism; how to show the ones we love by placing a dollar sign on it. And if your family is anything like mine, there is nothing we really need and what we do NEED is rarely what gets given anyway.
While I definitely appreciate getting spoiled this time of year and getting gifts that I wouldn't have bought for myself; it is rarely THINGS that feed my heart and soul. Giving to the ones I love feeds me. And in that I hope my acceptance of what they give feeds them. Even more my soul is fed by BEING with the ones I love. It is the TIME together that means the most to me.
Today is Giving Tuesday. What if you took ten percent of what you spent on the whole rest of your family to give to charity? What if you treated a charity as one more child in your family and gave to it equally? What if you spent five dollars less on each person you bought gifts for and gave it to someone in need? How would that look? And even more important, how would that FEEL?
It may be that you are in a position where you have nothing monetary to give. It is only an illusion that this is the only way to give or to help. We have our time to give. We have our kindness. What if each of us took one turn serving food at the shelter? And it doesn't have to be today or even this season. In fact this is the time they receive the most help. What if instead we used Giving Tuesday to call the shelter and say, I want to volunteer in the season you have the least support. When would that be?
Giving is what makes community. It is what warms out hearts and feeds the deepest area of our soul. It is who we are before any fears or pains were learned. It is at our core, so why not get back to it. Christmas is supposed to be Jesus' birthday and while it is nice we all get some presents for that, if we asked him, I think what he would want for his birthday is for us to be helping those in need.
I'm grateful to celebrate this holiday with family and friends. I'm grateful to celebrate the spirit of this holiday and do my best to keep it in perspective. I'm grateful to avoid the chaos that the after Thanksgiving sales can bring. I'm grateful to enjoy the time with my family instead. I'm grateful for my client that saw a need and started her own fundraiser to help girls in Haiti. I'm grateful for all the people who work tirelessly to help those in need. I'm grateful to be given ample opportunities all year to give. And I'm grateful for a day designated to reminding us the true spirit of Christmas this time of year.
May today remind us of all our blessings and show us ways to give back. May we give as much we get and feel its abundance reflected in our heart. Have a beautiful day!