This is a season like no other because this is a year unlike any other.
What was missing?
I began (where I always do) when I feel “off” – with gratitude.
Counting blessings is a great kickstart to joy. I thought about how one of my best friends in the whole world moved five minutes away from me this year. A move that likely would not have been possible without COVID making so many workers remote! (Ha! A reason to be grateful for COVID!)
I considered my Mark, who unfailingly runs to meet my car in the garage when returning from the store to help me unload bags of groceries. He considers it his duty to carry any package over a pound and it warms my heart each time he swoops in to be my hero.
Or my mom, who spent last week in the hospital. What at times felt dire, took a turn for the better! (When my mom puts her mind in a positive direction, few things are more powerful.)
Those are three big blessings to count during this holiday season! But counting them didn’t fully nudge my mood.
As I ambled around performing errands, I found myself captivated. The greatest Great Dane stood outside of Publix (our local supermarket chain here in Florida.) He was majestic!
He stood next to the Salvation Army bucket with his person, who faithfully rang the bell. I observed them being passed by, person after person.
The bell’s clear sound woke my soul.
“And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then the true meaning of Christmas came though, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches plus two.”
The bell tolled for me. A call to action!
It just took a moment for me to shake off the malaise and to open my wallet.
Yes, counting our own gifts can be a powerful exercise. But giving? That’s a superpower I realized needed to be dusted off and exercised.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE giving. I am known for buying and sending beautiful cards and packages in every season…
…but giving to someone truly in NEED?
There’s magic there.
It started with the Salvation Army, but it’s not stopping there. My plan is to, every day, look for someone in need and to somehow, some way – MEET that need.
I have dear friends who, like Santa’s elves, hide out in Target or Walmart to hand out gift cards to random passersby. Another friend seeks out opportunities to anonymously pay the tab at Dunkin’ or Starbucks.
Giving feels great.
It is the superpower of the season.
And if this year feels a little “off” perhaps an adventure in giving is just the tonic for your soul!
In this week’s video, I talk about infusing the season with LOVE…
…and may we all vote in favor of giving everyone – including ourselves – the benefit of every doubt.