Give freely and abundantly
“Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” — Annie Dillard
Don’t count me among the cynics who think the holiday season is primarily a commercial enterprise. I love the way people give each other gifts at this time of year. Yes, there are too many dollars wasted on items bought from a feeling of obligation rather than appreciation. But there are so many genuine expressions of love in December, when we stop and take the time to let people know how much they mean to us. Choirs sing for us; bands pay music for us; children create one-of-a-kind artwork and people sit down to write annual updates to send to friends who are geographically far away but close in heart and memory.
Today I hope you will find some small way to join in the widespread goodwill that is there to be seen by anyone who looks for it. Write a brief note to a faraway friend, give a sincere compliment to someone who needs it, or buy an inexpensive but useful gift for someone you appreciate, and wrap it grandly. Joy to the world!