Be the Gift

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The Earth is a beautiful place, but our world can at times be cold and cruel. During this holiday season and all year-long be the gift that keeps on giving. Be the one who smiles at a stranger. Maybe that smile is perfect timing to an otherwise horrible day. What about that person in a wheelchair or scooter that is staring at the top shelf in the grocery store wondering how they will be able to reach. Can you be the helping hand even if you feel too busy?

Take someone under your wing and help them to soar. I remember once when I had started a new job and was struggling to learn and keep up, and feeling that every day was pure hell. If someone would have taken me under their wing and helped me along I’m sure I would have succeeded. Think about taking someone under your wing at work and helping them to learn the ropes. Better yet, we should teach our children to do this at school. Being a friend to the child everyone picks on, or helping the new kid find their way. Wow, loving children, no more bullies.

Be the one who says to the child, “I’m proud of you.” Doesn’t matter if you are the parent, teacher, or just the neighbor, let them know when they’ve done well. Give encouragement and praise helping them along the path so they believe they can. Let them know you have their back and care. This kind of compassion will sustain them when future dark days descend, and you know they will. A child with a box of coping tools will get through because they’ll know they’re loved and matter in this world.

Happy Holidays to you wonderful Beings, and here’s my wish for all of you:

“If I could give you any gift, I’d give you LOVE and LAUGHTER, a PEACEFUL HEART, a SPECIAL DREAM, and JOY FOREVER AFTER.”  ~ Unknown

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34 thoughts on “Be the Gift

  1. Breathtaking post, Michele and so inspiring and encouraging. Thanks for the awesome share.

  2. Such a wonderful post Michele. 😀

  3. Wish there was a LOVE button…awesome post. Love and hugs

  4. Your post exudes positivity!! Thank you for this beautiful post friend.
    Cheers, Charu

  5. smilecalm says:

    thank you for your kind attention, Michele!
    may others continue blooming
    from your caring presence 🙂

  6. Your post made me cry Michele – sooooo beautiful!

    “Be the one who says to the child, “I’m proud of you.” Doesn’t matter if you are the parent, teacher, or just the neighbor, let them know when they’ve done well. Give encouragement and praise helping them along the path so they believe they can. Let them know you have their back and care. This kind of compassion will sustain them when future dark days descend, and you know they will. A child with a box of coping tools will get through because they’ll know they’re loved and matter in this world”.
    – Every adult was once a child – what a beautiful foundation this is for everyone.

    • Aw, thank you, Marie 🙂 When I wrote this I was thinking about and very much concerned about child suicide. It’s been happening more and more and showing up in middle school kids! Suicide is bad enough in adults, but kids… something is not right here. So anything we can do as a society to make kids feel loved and help them along the way is so very important. Thank you so much again for your lovely comments. I sure appreciate them.

  7. I’m with you on these suggestions. A little kindness goes a long way.

    • It sure does, Kenzie. I’ve never been able to figure out why more people just don’t want to be kind. It certainly makes you feel good, and who doesn’t want that? But I know life can be hard, and people can become uncaring and mean by being caught up in too much negativity.

  8. Thank you so much, Kendall 🙂

  9. Thank you for your kind wish. I hope you enjoyed your holiday season and feel fresh for the new year.

  10. cindy knoke says:

    Beautiful and so very true. Thank you for posting. The world would be such a better place if we did this more often!

  11. Giving of ourselves reaps the greatest rewards.

  12. msw blog says:

    Kindness is truly the key to change 🙂

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