For Christmas, my office draws names and does a gift exchange. One of my staff, Jana, made the suggestion that instead of exchanging gifts this year, we instead pool the money we would have spent on gifts and adopt two families in need.
What a simple suggestion, but so worthy. I know we’re not trendsetters- many people and organizations do the same thing for the holidays. But for some reason, I thought this was out of our grasp. Not so. I’ve discovered that even one person’s contributions are meaningful.
So, they all took an evening and went out shopping together, buying toys, household items and a variety of other items that were on the family’s wish list. They went just a few days ago to buy food and other perishable items. They spent an afternoon wrapping gifts and placing everything in prettily decorated boxes and then the boxes were delivered to the sponsoring organization (Lutheran Community Services specifically).
I would be lying if I didn’t say how much I would LOVE to see the looks on the families faces when they get our boxes. Not so they know that we provided the items, but rather just to see their joy upon receipt. To know that they can have a good meal, provide presents for their kids and overall provide a happy and memorable Christmas. That would be amazing to see. And infinitely satisfying.
Then I asked myself-
Wouldn’t it be amazing if this giving spirit lasted all year long?
And I don’t mean just giving money. That’s easy to do. I mean actually having a direct, positive impact on someone else.
So, there’s the challenge I offer to you. Do something nice for someone else. Just because. You can do community service work, be a mentor. Say a kind word to someone or offer to help in some way. It doesn’t have to be complicated, or a massive undertaking. Simple is good. Because the largest accomplishments start with the smallest steps.
But can you just imagine the impact?
And for you my reader, I wish you the Merriest Christmas possible. May you be blessed. I thank you for reading, pushing me to do better and for your words of encouragement.
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