The holiday season gives us an outstanding opportunity to give to people without having our motives questioned. Sending cards, donating time, buying gifts, or giving to charity are all under the umbrella of acceptability during the holidays. It is the season of giving after all.
On the flip side, it is also the season of receiving. We receive invitations, treats, and Christmas lists for children. We also get the bills at the end of the month! But we receive far more than we give oftentimes...and way more than we deserve most of the time.
It has always amazed me that people (myself included) forget to say "thank you" in a timely fashion. I realize that we should give without expectation of being thanked, but sometimes it is wonderful to receive a handwritten note from someone. So, today...sit down and write a couple of lines. You never know...it may be the best gift they receive this season!
I know that we are all grateful for many "global" things...family...good health...the privilege of loving a talent, gift, or job...the beauty of nature...security...and the people we love.
Sometimes the people that have meant the most to us have doubts about where they stand. There may have been issues that are perfectly clear to us...but are anything but clear to them. Our behavior may be puzzling because we assume that they know how we feel and remember things the same way that we do. Sometimes forgiveness is in order...and other times...saying "thank you" is.
There are people who will advise you to remember something that you are thankful for every day so that you will stay focused on all you are blessed with rather than on your troubles. It is certainly a good exercise...as we never really know when we will no longer have that privilege. So, be thankful that you have a wonderful Christmas to look forward to this year! Be thankful for all of your hopes and dreams...your realities...and even your troubles. Be grateful that there are people in your lives and something new and unknown to be discovered every day. Love the fact that there are new babies and marriages that expand our families...and new people that enlarge our circle of friends.
And while I am at it...if you are reading this...know that I am immensely grateful for you. Merry Christmas!