Thursday, December 8, 2011

Givin’ a Little Something Back

I admit - there have been a lot of times in my life where I may have lost sight of what this holiday season is all about.  In the past, like many of us, I used to get caught up in day to day life around this time of year. I’d get easily stressed about the hustle and bustle of the season, wondering if I’d find and have enough money to get everyone on my list what they wanted for Holiday gifts; stressed by all the chaos and the overwhelming flood of family.

Maybe it’s the time in my life, but with Thanksgiving behind me and Christmas approaching, I’d like to do things differently and think that now might be the time to remind myself of what the Holidays are really about.

In the spirit of the Holiday season, I decided last week, to make a day a little bit less about me and a little bit more about someone who could use a little “lift” about now. So, I decided to take a few hours of my day to volunteer my time at our local food kitchen.

Just like it was when I used to volunteer as a little guy with my mom and sister, the moment I stepped into the kitchen, I was immediately brought back down to earth. As the line passed through and I filled up each plate, I was humbled – by the men and women, (most my own age,) who made me feel so grateful for my own life and for the chance to step back for a bit and really think about what matters.

Whether you give your time to a local children’s hospital, donate to Toys for Tots, or even reach out to someone you know who may not have a close support system around them, I encourage you to do it. Get out there and really experience what this season is all about. Not only will feel your own spirit lifted, but you’ll lift the spirit of so many others who may not have all that you do during this time of year.

A grown man lifted,

Flyin’ Free

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