One of the pleasures of the Christmas season is watching people go out of their way to help others. Most of the recipients of this help are people who might not have much of a Christmas otherwise.
Cynics say this seasonal aid to others should be spread out all year long, that helping others is merely in fashion during the Christmas holidays, and goes away for the rest of the year.
There may be some truth in that, but one also can argue that helping others during the Christmas season is good for those who provide aid, as well as for those who receive it, and that there is a lot to be learned from that.
Here’s what some smarter people than I am say about giving to others:
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
— Lao Tzu
“Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?”
— Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”
— Mother Teresa
“When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.”
— Wayne Dyer
“Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.”
— Khalil Gibran
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
— Anne Frank
Keep this wisdom in mind as you go out this weekend to do some giving.