With the holiday season now in full swing, my heart goes out to those that don’t have. To me, the true spirit of Christmas is about giving, and there are many ways we can give to others.
I see the commercial advertisements on television. Help a child at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, help a child with the Shriner’s Club, donate to the Wounded Warriors, adopt a pet, ASPCA, and the list goes on. The way I want to give, I can’t.
Then a thought occurred to me.
While everything seems based on “x” amount of money per month, to help per child, what is one thing money can’t buy? A smile. A cheerful attitude. A gut-felt laugh. A compliment, or a nice gesture can make a person’s day better. Write letters of gratitude. Tell a cause how great you think they are. Relate to them, and/or share a relative story.
There was a time, when I was younger, that I thought writing a letter for recognition would be a waste of time. I wanted to write a letter to actor Elijah Wood, and ask him out, but then I thought, “How cheesy is that. Like he would actually answer his fan mail.” I didn’t even think he would really read it, or even see it, so I dismissed the idea. Now, the idea of writing to someone in showbiz doesn’t sound all entirely meaningless. You’re giving them the gift of a compliment. Even more so, during this time of year!