Experience the Magic of GivingDec 01, 2022
December is considered the season of giving. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, gift-giving is part of each celebration, despite each originating from a different faith basis. In Christian tradition, for example, giving presents comes from the three wise men traveling great distances to bring gifts to welcome the birth of Jesus; and in Kwanzaa, giving gifts is a means to honor the creative spirit and reaffirm self-worth, with the gifts often being homemade rather than purchased.
Gift-giving can mean many different things to each of us, but the core basis typically revolves around celebration and appreciation. The act of giving generally puts us in a happy mental space, appreciating and celebrating the people in our lives who are important to us. When we put some time and thought into buying something that we know the person who is receiving it will value and appreciate, it makes it that much more special.
If our cup feels empty, we may feel like we don’t have anything left to give… that we should be receiving instead of giving. This can stem from being emotionally or spiritually exhausted, or perhaps feeling that we need to spend a lot of money, and for many who struggling with finances in today’s economy, this can present some challenges to feeling good about the holidays.
However, even those not readily able to purchase gifts can give something meaningful to those they love and appreciate. This can include the gift of time we give to truly focus on someone without distraction… or the gift of something that we create from our innate abilities. If you are skilled in painting or drawing, you can create a picture or piece of art that comes from the heart. If you have a writing talent, writing a poem or a letter to someone you appreciate can be very touching for the person receiving it. Often these gifts will have more significance than a store-bought item because they come from within us.
When we are more excited about giving than receiving, then we are at a place where we can overflow unto others because our cup is filled. This also mostly comes with age and maturity, as while children are usually all about receiving, as they become adults and mature, there is typically, a point where they begin enthusiastically participating in the act of giving.
Appreciation will always put us in the Green Zone, and that is why it is at the top of our emotional scale, right next to love. When we are immersed in the magic of the season, it’s genuinely about appreciating those we care for and love. We might even donate our time to a cause near and dear to us, where we can provide our time and talents to connect with those we do not even know at the most humane level.
You may have heard of Karma, or the expression, & quote; whatever you do comes back to you. We believe that to be true as energy out, then energy back in. If you do something kind for others from a pure heart, you will most likely receive more of the same from those who love, appreciate, and support you.
We have so much appreciation and love for each one of you and we wish you a Happy Holidays!