Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas is about giving

This is a season of giving.

Christians around the world pause to celebrate the birth of Christ, and the spirit of giving which is so gracefully embodied in that first Christmas almost 2,000 years ago.

It is a simple truth, even self-evident, yet magnificently profound and powerful. For life consists of giving. We are, each of us, unique, with our own contributions to make. At the same time, we are part of a greater whole. Giving is what keeps us connected. The more we give of ourselves, the more we strengthen our own unique aliveness. The gifts we give become part of the world around us, where they grow in value with each life they touch.

Anything that we truly and sincerely give, we will never lose.

True giving means giving of one's self. The physical object, if there is one, is merely a token. The essence of the gift is in the giving, in the expression of sincere love and caring. When you give a part of yourself, it is not gone, it is bigger and better than ever.

Giving is the most self-serving thing you can do.

And therein lies the beauty of life.

~ Ralph Marston

"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts."

~ Janice Maeditere


Sylvia K said...

Beautiful, wonderful and very true words for the day! Thank you as always for sharing the beauty of your thoughts! Have a lovely evening!


Brian Miller said...

love that last quote...and hope you had a merry christmas!

Vetrimagal said...

Thought provoking.

It is about giving and most of them do give. I have been interacting with the community for decades. I have seen many examples of generosity, in ordinary households.

Giving and charity, is something that is encouraged by the community, by and large.

Urmi said...

Very beautiful post with lovely words.
Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

nsiyer said...

Sylvia, thanks a lot for your comments. I trust all is well at home. All the best.

I had a great Christmas, Brian. Trust the same with you too.

nsiyer said...

Vetrimagal, thanks for your brilliant sharing. Yes, its all about generosity and may be giving ourselves in the process.

Urmi, Thanks a lot for the nice words.

Urmi said...

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Urmi said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.
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