“Everyone you meet is a part of your journey, but not all of them are meant to stay in your life. Some people are just passing through to bring you gifts; either they’re blessings or lessons.”
A brief thought for today…
As amazing as it seems to me annually, stores, online and in real life, have already started pushing sales and products at us. This is nothing new, but it feels odd after 18-20+ months of lockdown and isolation.
Many people have lost jobs, changed employment, changed careers, lost people, found themselves. Each of us in our own way has adapted to this strange time. And, many of us are still making adjustments to the world immediately surrounding us, as well as the political and atmospheric climate changes.
We have had a little downtime to think about how we might wish to do life differently as we move forward, or try to figure out how to get unstuck.
What if this year, as we get ready for gift-giving, if we have the funds to do that… What if, we asked peiople what they needed and tried to address that need, their real need?
I used to disdain gift card as the most unimaginative gift I could give anyone, but times they are a changing. Many more people need help with groceries, utilities, school clothes and supplies for the little ones, and any number of mundane things. Or, perhaps there is something special they’d like to get for themselves, or someone they care about, and a few dollars from a friend might help. How about a shopping spree at Good Will? Who are we to judge?
Perhaps the most important gift we can bring this year has little to do with money. Maybe there is a family favorite dish that hasn’t been made in a long time, that everyone would love to try; or you would like to try a new spin on it. Maybe its just an appointment for some quiet time together chatting or doing nothing at all but being yourselves. Who couldn’t use a real hug about now?
Dig deeper than your pockets, look into your heart, and find out what people really want or need.
Those are just a few of my thoughts for the upcoming holoiday sales rush and push.
Stop, think, ask, and help.
Perhaps you can help serve someone’s deepest need this time.
How do you plan to make this year’s holiday/ winter season different?