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Sharing the Holiday Joy

| December 22, 2016
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The holiday season has finally arrived and not a bit too soon!  I for one feel it is time to talk about the good in the world, instead of the bickering that has taken place much of this year.   Whether your politics has you leaning left, right or somewhere in between, the holidays give us a chance to remember that we are all part of something greater than ourselves.

Nobody entered this life by themselves, nor are we continuing the journey alone.  Today is a great day to count your blessings.  Why not write a personal thank you note (not a text, and definitely not an email) to someone just for being them.  Share with them why you cherish their friendship/integrity/leadership.   Oftentimes, we are too busy during the rest of the year, or we take these relationships for granted.

This time of year is also great to help out others in need.  While you are unwrapping your presents this year, think about those less fortunate who maybe won’t receive any presents.  Why not drop something into the Toys for Tots bin?  How about bringing some warmth to a cold Salvation Army volunteer by giving them a word of encouragement along with a donation?   And don’t overlook the obvious need for food at the local food bank, clothing at the homeless shelter, or even blood at the local hospital.  All of these acts can improve the lives of those in need.

The holidays can also be a time of loneness for those without close friends or relative to share the season.  A simple visit to a neighbor can bring tremendous joy at no cost to you.  And don’t overlook those families with members serving in the military overseas.  Let them know you are thinking of them and thank them for the sacrifice they are making, as it can be particularly difficult around the holidays.

This is a wonderful time to remember that it is better to give than receive.  This year look beyond the traditional gifts wrapped in boxes and give a present that will truly make a difference in someone’s life.  If you take me up on this challenge I know you will enter January all that much richer!

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