I absoluely love the holiday season. I love all the lights and the ornaments, the Christmas songs, holiday music, the sparkle and shine that every little thing seems to get. There is a sense of peace that I feel comes over me during this time of year. Despite the frenzy to get it all done, there is a generosity and graciousness that seems to shine through.
I have been told many times, that when one feels sad, depressed or just out of sorts, go out and serve another or a cause. It could be something like finding a homeless shelter to help serve food at, or a place of worship that is collecting toys that need wrapping. If that feels too big, then maybe there’s someone you know that is in struggle, that you can stop by and bring them cookies, or some token of care. It doesn’t have to be a big effort. It’s the little acts kindness that make the difference in someone’s life. Most of all, the giver.
I was watching the news recently, which I try not to do because it's depressing and limited in it's truth, however on this particular night I was glad I watched because it was about the devastating homeless population in Los Angeles, and throughout our nation. I watched endless footage of people living on the streets in the bitter cold and rain. I couldn't help but cry for the sadness I felt for these people as I sat in my warm home with plenty of food that they don't have any prospects of. Why they ended up in such a predicament is of no matter really, what matters is that there are so many in struggle. One homeless woman was interviewed that shared how there are so many people out there that are willing to help, and that knowing so gets her through the day. Just knowing someone cares filled her with some love. That statement moved me.
My wish this holiday season is that each and everyone of us is a little more tender of every individual person out there. Some live extravagant lives, some live very simply, some suffer silently, and some are homeless. Still we are all worthy of our dignity and of care. We are all Gods children and he loves us all equally. He doesn’t think that one is better than the other, not ever.
Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) shared this: "Wouldn’t it be nice to say to each and every person you encounter today, and moving forward this simple phrase ,
“You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” -Fred Rogers
Go out and make a difference in this world. It doesn’t have to be a huge task, not a bit... Just be kind, be kind, be kind. Watch how miraculously you change someone’s life, but most importantly, how your life will be blessed.
Happy Holidays. Wishing you a blessed and safe holiday season.