A Christmas Perspective
During Thanksgiving, friends started talking about Christmas memories and meaning.
As the conversation bounced around, someone turned to me and said, “Sorry about this, I know it doesn’t mean much to you.”
“What do you mean?” I replied.
“Well,” they said, “you are Buddhist so you probably don’t really care.”
And, while I understand such thinking, it is completely off my mark.
Why? Because for me, Christmas is about generosity.
For a few weeks, we spend a bit more time thinking about other people - what they need, like or may want. I think this is great!
Finding that perfect item for a dear friend is an act of genuine generosity - giving with an open heart, expecting nothing in return.
So too are giving of your time and attention, or sharing random acts of kindness with strangers.
As the Christmas season unfolds, I encourage you to hold dear family and friends in your heart for just a little bit longer. Give of your better self to strangers you may meet and be generous in all that you do.
‘Til next time,