Happy Holy Holidays to you! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanzaa and forgive me for not mentioning all the other wonderful holidays we, as a human race celebrate. I love this season. I love that people allow me to love them more and to bake for them, gift them, and surprise them. I love that people in the stores smile back when I smile with pure joy while I’m running my errands. For just a few weeks instead of “Ann & the Angels” I become “Anta Claus & the Elves!” It has been a joke for years.
I give because it delights me to do so. I smile thinking of the smiles that my little creations will bring. I could care less if a person tosses what I make, regifts it, or passes it along. I only wish for them to receive the love, for it is the light of joy that I long to share with the world. There is such a beauty in the light of Divine love, in that the more we give ourselves, and the more we are able to receive… the more this love longs to pour through us into the lives of others – “randomly,” beautifully, and just when needed.
I was in the grocery store the other day and overheard a lady saying she had trouble making chili and really wanted to learn how. Without thinking I was offering to email her my recipes. Things like this just come out of my mouth! I can’t help but help when I hear the need. We had a moment of Christmas camaraderie and then went our merry ways. I went home and emailed her recipes, which hopefully will fill her holidays with yummy goodness. A moment of love exchanged can create a ripple effect we will never see while we are alive.
I recently received a very sweet thank you note from a woman I’ve never met. I admire her work and have helped spread the world, just a little, but she took the time to tell me it mattered. No expensive gift is worth more than that… to know we can touch a heart. Her words and her heart touched mine right back.
This is why we are alive – to realize we are all one in the great big love that creates us. When we help another, share with another, or simply love another, we give on behalf of all creation. When we receive some help, a gift, or some love, we receive on behalf of all creation. So whether or not you exchange gifts, always remember, that the greatest gift of all, the only lasting gift we can ever exchange, is our love. And in these exchanges, small or large, lasting or fleeing, for just a moment… we touch the Divine.
Happy Holy Holidays. May you feel the presence of love every day of your life.
I love you all.