For many people this is truly the most wonderful time of the year. From holiday parties and social gatherings to gift shopping and decorating the home, some folks actually enjoy all of the busyness and sometimes, downright craziness that can often accompany the holiday season.
However, for many the holiday season means a time of loneliness and depression. Maybe this time of year reminds them of lost loved ones. Or maybe they are feuding with family members and/or friends. Or maybe their economic situation has changed, making it difficult to provide the kind of holiday that they are accustom to.
Either way, just because this is the season for smiles and holiday cheer that doesn’t mean that everyone we meet is as cheerful and happy as we might be.
Therefore, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones, it is important to take some extra time this holiday season to remind yourself of how lucky you really are. While you are shopping, remind yourself that some folks are not lucky enough to be able to afford all those expensive electronics or gadgets. And when you sit down for that holiday meal, remind yourself that some folks might be standing in line for their meal at a local food bank. And when you are attending that office party, remind yourself that others are sitting home all by themselves because they have nobody to enjoy or share the holiday with.
The moral of this blog post is not to bring people down. But rather, when we take a few minutes to be thankful for what we have and to remember that others are not so lucky, it makes us a bit more humble and therefore, a little more considerate, caring and compassionate. And those are free things that you can give away as gifts this holiday season.
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