I honestly believe in the magic of Christmas.
I know how sappy that sounds, and as the years roll by there’s part of me that thinks I ought to let it go and just treat it as commercialised nonsense.
But year after year, there’s something about this Holiday that I connect with in ways I find completely bloody amazing.
It’s the spirit of the thing
I don’t care what religion you align with, it’s not about that. It’s the spirit of the season that I’m asking you to embrace in the ActionPoint below.
- Give 1 person 1 thing. It could be someone you’ve already bought a gift for, a new friend, a loved one, an acquaintance or a stranger.
- Don’t go the easy route and buy something in a store. Here are some thoughts on what you can give, but don’t limit yourself to just these:
- Gift of time. Time is the one thing they’re not making any more of, so give away some of yours to show you care.
- Gift of consideration. This time of year isn’t about you and your stuff, so empathise, sympathise and walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
- Gift of spirit. Buy a coffee for the person behind you in the coffee shop. Ask the receptionist at your office about their Holiday plans. Wish your bus driver or train conductor a Merry Christmas. Go out of your way to bring a smile to someone else.
- Gift of charity. Rather than buying more stuff, give to a cause that matters to you.
- Gift of forgiveness. Honestly, gracefully and deeply forgive someone if you’ve been holding a grudge or pointing the finger of blame. Don’t just pretend to forgive; forgiveness requires deliberate action. Oh, and the person you forgive can be yourself.
- Lastly, share this. It will be fan-bloody-tastic if just 10 people give 1 person 1 thing as a result of reading this. But what if 1,000 people gave something? What if a million people gave something?
What might happen if everyone gave a little?
Let me know what gift you give in the comments.