Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In the Spirit of Giving. . .

It's hard to believe that this year is coming near a close. It seemed liked yesterday we were carving turkeys, singing Christmas carols and celebrating the holiday season, and yet, here we are again! Time truly waits for no one, and it's so important that you spend each second of your day doing something worthwhile because in a blink of an eye, your life can change!

Now is the time to reflect what you've done throughout the year and evaluate the good, the bad and the ugly. Once you've made your assessment, this is a great time to start thinking about making positive changes in your life for the coming year ahead! With that in mind, I cannot stress enough to my fans that it's important that YOU do not forget what the true meaning of Christmas is.

I have already heard many of my friends and coworkers buzzing about Black Friday and all the sales, and getting up at 2 and 3 a.m. to hit all the stores and get the best bargains. Please know that I do not judge anyone who partakes in such activities, but I feel as though I have to share my view of the situation.

You will NOT catch me in the stores on Black Friday. You will NOT catch me in any of the stores looking for that special gift, fighting for parking spots, pushing and shoving to get inside the store to buy gifts that I cannot afford. No, no, you will not find me doing any of those things. Why, you ask? Well, it's simple, I live Christmas everyday, and there's nothing in any store you could possibly buy me that will make up for what I give each and everyday of myself.

What the hell am I talking about, you ask? I'm talking about I do something constructive, I reach out to someone, anyone, on any given day to assist my fellow brothers and sisters to help enrich their lives. Why, what kind of gift is that, you may ask? Giving of myself to help others makes me feel good inside, and not only does it make me feel good, it makes the person I'm helping feel good about themselves and restores their faith in humanity that there are people out here that care and will still lend a helping hand when necessary!

I donate money where I can, although I don't have much. I give food to those who can't afford to eat, even when sometimes I have gone without. I have assisted some in paying bills they couldn't afford, because they were down on their luck, or have been out of work for long periods of time. I listen to people when they need to vent or cry because life is getting them down. I take care of my mother when she needs it most, and help her whenever and in whatever way I can. Wherever God places me, I make sure to try to live my life in the best way possible and utilize my skills in whatever way God feels necessary, so that I may spread his message of giving. And you ask, what do I get in return?

A clear conscience, a good night's sleep, a stronger heart, a purpose for living and being thankful that the Lord saw fit to allow me to see yet another day, even when I'm so dog tired and don't want to go anymore, I am thankful to my Almighty! Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas just like the next person, but my view of Christmas is vastly different than the commercialized materialism Christmas that most tend to enjoy.

I'm happy to be with family and friends, just sitting back chilling, and I don't need a gift under my tree because spending quality time with those who matter most to me, is gift enough, and isn't that truly what the meaning of Christmas is? The types of gifts I give you can't place a price tag on it. I am Black Friday~~what I give you cannot buy in a store, there's no pushing or shoving here, and you don't have to kill each other for that parking space. No, what I give comes from within and is much deeper and rich than any gift you can buy.

And for those of you who have children and may say, this all sounds good for maybe an adult, but kids wouldn't understand this! My answer to you would be, you need to make sure you preach the real true meaning of Christmas to them, so that they don't put so much emphasis on gifts and "what am I getting," because let's face it, that's not the real meaning. You need to set boundaries on what you will spend on your children and not go above your means. Why charge gifts on a credit card, but you don't have food on the table, or struggling to pay your rent each month or mortgage, or possibly behind on a car note. When you put gifts above a roof over your head and food on your table, then I have to ask, was it worth it to you, and do you REALLY believe this is what God wants you to do?

In closing, I only ask that people spend responsibly, and think about what is most important to you! If those gifts under the tree means more to you than your daily survival, then God Bless ya, and I hope that continues to work out for you! Why not volunteer to work in a food bank this holiday season, donate some old clothes that are worn, but still wearable. Check up on your senior citizens and see if they need anything, sit down at the table every night with your children and find out how their day is and what's going on in their lives, put away those ipods, cell phones, Playstations, etc. and talk with your children and see what's on their mind. Meditate, smell the fresh air, spend quality time with yourself for about 30 minutes a day and reflect on the day~~it keeps the mind healthy. Take time to appreciate what YOU have, instead of worrying about what you don't!

Whatever you do, enjoy this Holiday season and be thankful that you're still here! Trust me, it can always be worse~~so count all your blessings the Lord gives you EACH and EVERYDAY and learn to be more of a giving person instead of being greedy always wanting, because what I've learned is that by living Christmas everyday, blessings are bestowed upon me without my asking the Lord for anything~~HE blesses me, and I'm thankful to Him for that! God is Good, and why not try to live up to the image that He has set upon us to do!

Many blessings to you and yours! Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!