Anyway, Friday night my hubby was having a guys night so I decided to throw my “to do” list out the window and take a little time for myself. I first stopped in at Edible Arrangements to pick up a fruit bouquet for a friend who had been spending the better half of the last month at hospice with a family member who unfortunately passed away yesterday. I’m so glad I listened to that nagging feeling that kept telling me I needed to do something for her, something to bring a little sunshine in the dark.
Besides The Christmas Shoes having sad moments it also had the underlying lessons of what this giving journey has taught me and what I’m on a mission to share with others. The mission and message is simple. It’s this. It is that things don’t make you happy. That being rich with money and having nice things or going into debt to have nice things will never make you happy. Thinking that children will be happy with rooms full of toys and stuff. That we have to spend lots of money and give tons of time to make a difference in the lives of others. None of that is true. My gift giving journey hasn’t been about big gifts and giving people things, though it may happen once it in awhile. It’s about the small things that may impact people in ways we will never know. It’s the small simple things that literally may change the course of someone’s life. It may change the course of your life, like it has mine. It’s holding a door, giving a smile, a hug, or a compliment. It’s making a meal for someone in need, praying when there is no other way to help, sending a card to a stranger, and the list goes on and on as there are always simple opportunities to give.
I encourage you to read The Christmas Shoes. It may change your life and it may not. I hope the author, doesn’t mind, but I’ll leave you with the Afterword (some of this won’t make sense if you haven’t read the book, but you’ll get the point):