With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I started to think about the second part of that word – “giving.” It’s important to be thankful for what we have – and yes, we “give” thanks on this day of national pause, but it’s just as important to “give” during the holidays. To give simply for the sake of it. Choose a cause, write a check, and feel good. If you can, give a lot and give to the same organization year after year. Start a relationship – make it an extension of yourself. The cause you support will be so thankful – and you’ll be glad you gave.
My son, Danny, now in his sophomore year of college, was the one to teach me the purity of that word “give.” The year he taught me the “giving” lesson, he was in the fifth grade. The holiday season had begun and as usual, we began to talk about Christmas lists and wishes. “What would you like for Christmas? Let’s make a list. What would you like to buy for your brother and sister? Don’t forget your grandparents….” This was the way I chattered on, trying to engage him in the holiday planning and gift giving. But Danny, as was his way, was deep in thought unaffected by my chatter about the promises of gifts and packages. His quietness made me stop. I might have been driving, or working in the kitchen as I paused, I don’t really remember. But I’ll never forget his response to me: “Mom, I’m not really about the receiving this year. I’m all about the giving.”
This Thanksgiving, be about the giving too. You’ll be that much more thankful.