My dilemma today is to post two things in my heart which may or may not flow together, but I’ll do it anyway. First, I’d like to share a labor of love from a group of authors. If you have not read Love Christmas yet, then have a cup of delicious hot chocolate and treat yourself to a heartwarming collection of stories before the Holiday rush consumes your life. I guarantee your spirit will be singing with love, laughter, and cheer by the time you finish. You can find Love Christmas on Amazon.
It’s hard to believe the Holidays are here already. The time of year where our hearts and minds focus our blessings and the ones we love with a little more intentionally than the rest of the seasons. The time of year we rush around looking for the perfect gift or special recipe that says I love you! It’s a time of joyous chaos, gratefulness, and yes, a time of sadness for loved ones who are beyond the reach of our loving arms. So, we bring them close with our memories and pray they’ll know how much they were and are loved.
It’s also a time where many people for different reasons feel as if they are left out in the cold. There isn’t a warm fire of love in their homes. There isn’t the hope of the season in their lives. There isn’t a cheery smile to encourage their day. Which brings me to the second thing I wanted to share with readers today. I recently heard a story of Mother Teresa asking a person what they were doing to help the poor. The person said they replied, they were doing nothing to help, and her answer to him was, Everyone, Can Do Something.
She was right. No matter how little. No matter how seemingly insignificant we can all share a smile, an encouraging word, and a helping hand. We can take a minute out of our lives and show a stranger in any tiny way they are important in life. And for those who can reach out with other resources, there are many other ways to show someone they matter. Samaritan’s Purse (Samaritanspurse.org) sends shoeboxes of love to children around the world. Can you fill a shoebox for a child? Many local organizations minister to those in need and can always use the help.
So, reach out and take an extra moment to do something special for another. If you have either shared or have been blessed with kindness take a moment to tell others with #beenblessed or tweet it out with #beenblessed and share this post with your friends.
Remember every day to dream, believe, create, inspire, love, heal, succeed, and grow and share wealth. One Matters.