December 05, 2016

Gift Giving

My favorite part of the holiday season is giving.  Nothing quite compares with being a gift-giver - the bringer of joyful tears and love-filled smiles. I get serious about it during this time of year. I don’t think that my sister has never understood why I give gifts on MY Halloween birthday and yet it fills me with such joy that gift giving (within the bounds of budgetary allowances) has become the best present I could ever receive.

I believe that even in times of uncertainty, it’s always important to keep things in perspective and be thankful.

  1. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  2. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  3. You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  4. You haven’t feared for your life today.
  5. You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
  6. You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
  7. You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
  8. You have access to food and clean drinking water.
  9. You have access to the Internet.
  10. You can read.
The truth is, you’re doing better than a lot of people in this world.  Some might say YOU are rich, so remember to be grateful for all the things you do have and also remember that as the Christmas season is approaching:

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