Many of us are about to celebrate the Christmas holidays and after that New Year’s Day. These festivities have become a tradition among Americans, as well as numerous others around the globe. This is a special time of year for many of us, as it should be. Not only is it a time to be thankful for what we have, it is an occasion to think of others.
We live in a world that is fast-paced, racing by at an alarming rate. It is easy to get caught up in the frantic activity and lose ourselves in it. Before long we become distracted by the abundance of things going on at once. It is exciting – all can agree, but have we lost sight of what is truly important in our lives?
This Christmas I have made a wish, and I hope you will share in it. Before I reveal that wish, please bear with me.
There is a secret project that I have become aware of. I cannot reveal the details because it is a secret. Someone I know donated hours of their time all in secret. You see, nobody will ever know what this person did for others. That’s the beauty of it. Why would someone do that? After all, they don’t get paid, and the recipients won’t be able to thank her because it was all done in secret. I have had the pleasure of knowing this person for decades, and that’s just the way she is.
The sad part is this person also has needs and nobody knows it. She has performed hundreds, possibly thousands of acts of kindness, all to help others. You won’t hear her complain because that’s the way she is. Because of her secret efforts, this season there will be children who won’t go to bed hungry at least for a few nights. There will be food on the table, presents under the tree, and a smile on their faces.
Now this is my wish. Choose to help someone in need. You won’t have to look far. Do it in secret, and enjoy the feeling it gives you – also in secret. Then gather your loved ones, and place your arms around them. Tell them how much they mean to you, and watch them smile.
Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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