I’m not talking about a gift you can wrap, or something someone gives to you. These don’t cost money, and aren’t tangible.
I’m talking about the wonderful feeling that comes along with doing something special. The smile that lights your soul after the blood, sweat, and tears of hard work.
Many of you know that I sell dog (and cat) treats to raise money for veteran and first responder non-profits. My business is not-for-profit, financially funded by me with some family contributions as well. This includes ingredients, packaging, advertising, shipping, raffle items, etc.
There are moments when I ask: why?
Continue reading “Little Gifts, are the Biggest Gifts of All.”
“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” – Joseph Campbell
“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller
“Joy is the best make-up.” – Anne Lamott
“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” – W. C. Jones
“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” –Mary Anne Radmacher
I’d forgotten what it was like to have a day off for reasons other than doctors’ appointments or other commitments that required taking vacation time.
But this week I took some days off which allow for an actual vacation – because it blends into the company Thanksgiving break.
Yes I’ve been guilty of checking in to make sure there are no urgent needs and spent some time answering emails – but not too much. This is a huge accomplishment for me. The reason for this good fortune is that other colleagues shared this same idea. Brilliant!
What a luxury to spend a day running errands without angst, not pressured for time. What a joy to do a bit of this and that, to tackle and participate in activities that I don’t get to during a regular work week. I felt like a little kid again!
Has it really been that long since I’ve taken a full week vs. a day here and there or a long weekend? Has it really been that long since I’ve felt unencumbered, unstressed and simply giddy?
Continue reading “So many moments of gratitude and joy. You just never know.”
“Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering.”– Hal Tipper