Here in America, our celebrations are as diverse as our culture. However, there are some common threads we share - our belief in family, hope, peace and joy. For my family and me it is a season of magic, a season of miracles, and yes, it is a season for giving gifts. But gifts are not always the beautiful presents we find wrapped beneath our tree. Gifts are also the kindness we show to others.
As I begin my reflection on 2016, I remember a former manager of mine. She would have us choose names in the traditional fashion. But this was not to exchange gifts within the government limits; it was to give each other a special priceless gift at our holiday luncheon. We would share three things that we had learned from that individual during the year or that we admired about that individual. If it sounds a bit hokey or scary to you, you are right where most of us were in the first time we participated in such an event. But please know that some of my most memorable conversations and bonding moments with my teammates came from these luncheons.
Along with these luncheon conversations, we also did at least three random acts of kindness to anyone who crossed paths with us. A random act of kindness is just as it sounds. For no particular reason, you just help someone. So here is your challenge for the remainder of this holiday season. Take note of a random act of kindness, that you either witness or do yourself, each day. When you look for the good in others and the good that others do, you will become happier and more fulfilled as a person! To get you started with ideas, check out the 29 Ways to Carry Out Random Acts of Kindness Every Day.
Have a Happy Holiday Season!