Christmas is almost a few hours or a day away, depending on where you are located around the globe. It’s one of the busiest and extravagant holidays of the whole year. People go around buying and exchanging gifts, dining and eating their hearts out at fancy restaurants, drinking and partying til they feel merry and pass out!
The holidays are called differently, depending on what faith/religion is observing it! The early Germans call it Yuletide, the Jews call it Hannukah, to the Judeo Christian based faiths this is called Christmas! And they all have different reasons why they celebrate this holiday. But I am not here to talk about that. Regardless of ones faith or the absence of such, Christmas have one common thing that everyone can relate to, and that is the gift of giving.
Giving is one of the most fulfilling things one can experience. And I am not just talking about giving tangible gifts! While this holiday had everyone spending and buying gifts, there are other more meaningful gifts that one can give which does not involve cash.
Gift of Love
Love. The most important thing that there is in the whole world. Remember that giving love is not limited to romantic love or love for your friends and family. It’s about loving all the other things.
Loving your life, regardless of where you are standing right now. Loving the idea that despite your missed chances, heartbreaks and unfulfilled dreams, you still are here alive and pursuing and doing what you love.
Loving people around you regardless of who or what they are. Whether it is your inconsiderate neighbour or toxic boss or your unruly co-worker. Choose to give them love, even if that same love is not reciprocated. What’s important is that we share this love. Some people are just mean hearted since they lack love in their lives!
Spread love instead of hate! In a world full of people that disseminate hateful, vicious, cruel words, disheartening and malicious thoughts, choose to give love instead. Be the light that ignites and combats the evil and darkness of this cruel world.
When you do anything with love, you are giving people the most precious thing that there is.
Gift of Forgiveness
Forgiving other people that have wronged us is one of the most courageous thing one can do. One does not need to deserve forgiveness for you to actually forgive them. By giving someone that gift of forgiveness, it helps you become a better person. It helps you to move on and to move forward, let go of the hurt and eventually start loving life again.
Many people have hurt us and have done things that are truly unforgivable. It’s human nature, people are known to commit mistakes. More often than not, we might have done the same to other people too.
But these mistakes, hurts and heartbreaks are all part of our past now. What we choose to do with it is exactly up to us. And I suggest for you to learn how to forgive others.
Forgiveness is not limited to other people, but also to yourself. Forgive yourself for being weak, being jealous, being hateful, being bitter, for not being good enough. Forgive yourself for simply being human.
Gift of Hope
You don’t need to be Superman to inspire people and to give hope. Hope is the best trait that we all possess. Hope is what can make people do things that were deemed impossible to do. Hope is what gives us the courage to push through and keep moving despite all our setbacks and heart breaks. Hope is aspiring on the best outcome despite the circumstances that we are dealt with. Hope is what people cling on to when there is nothing else to hold on to.
People lose hope from time to time. We get discouraged and disheartened from losses, failures and rejections. That’s normal. We are humans. What is important is that we give hope to others when they lose them.
Giving hope doesn’t need to be heroic. Simple gestures such as giving a simple hug to those who just lost a loved one. Giving comforting words to those who lost on an opportunity that they have desired most. Telling someone all the good qualities that they have when they think of themselves as not being good enough. Being an inspiration to others, by sharing your experiences and help people relate to what you have been through and assure them that they can also pull through. Small things like this can help people rekindle their hope.
My wish for all of you this Christmas is a happy heart and a positive outlook in life. Happy Holidays!