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Monday, December 3, 2012

Quotes on the True Meaning of Giving

Good Morning All!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  I also hope that our American friends survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and are prepared for Cyber Monday.

Wow!  Just writing that was a bit stressful.

The shopping season has descended upon us here in America, and it’s, well, it’s pretty insane!  So, while I hid away from the crazed consumers this weekend, I started thinking about just how far we’ve strayed from the true meaning of the holiday season.  Really… what happened to “Peace on Earth and good will towards men (and women)?”

How has the holiday season become more and more about shopping and less about GIVING  And I don’t mean giving things, but rather, giving ourselves, our kindness to others whom are less fortunate.  How have the holidays become so focused on shopping and not on service?  I’ve yet to answer these questions, at least with an answer that will fit within the confines of this newsletter, but I am offering a list of truly lovely quotes about GIVING that I hope you will all read, and reread as you navigate through this year’s holidays.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” - Charles Dickens

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” - Kahlil Gibran

“What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.” - David McGee

Honestly, I could have listed pages and pages of inspirational quotes of the true spirit of the holidays… the spirit of giving, and giving to those who need it most.  But I will stop here for now.

I wish you all a wonderful week!

Andre' Hartslief