Posted by: Genny Colby | November 29, 2012

She’s making a list and checking it twice…

..and three times, and four times, and five times, and probably more!  This is such a crazy time of year.  The holiday season is upon us and we have the added bonus of our monkey’s birthday.  So, I make lists, lots of lists.  Lists of whom to send holiday cards.  Lists of what gifts I have bought, need to buy, have wrapped, have shipped, and who I still need ideas.  Lists of cookies to make.  Lists of holiday activities.  And then you add the birthday lists…party, presents, food, cake.  And don’t forget the thank you notes!

As we move into this crazy time of year, I keep making and checking lists.  But this is also the time of year where we start to stop and think about all that has happened this past year.  How much we have to be grateful for, how we handled the challenges and rough spots, and what we hope for the coming year.

This really has been a year that has given us everything.  Of course the absolute best part was welcoming our little dragon into the world.  He has completed our family in ways we could never have imagined.  The hardest part was losing my mother in law.  And this is what weighs on my heart now as we move into the holiday season.

My mother in law was, above all, a very loving woman.  She was giving, kind, compassionate, and would always be there for her family and friends.  As we have all her mail redirected to our house, we have seen just how giving she has been…as each organization she has supported in some way sends her mail (of course, many are requests for more money, thus the life of a non-profit organization!).  But it does remind me that what matters is finding a way to make a difference, in some way, no matter how small.

It can be  something as small as picking up a few extra cans of green beans or pineapple when they are on sale to be donated to the local food bank, volunteering your time for a one time event or on a regular basis, or making a monetary contribution.  Monetary contributions can be small as putting your spare change in the Salvation Army buckets, writing a check for a favorite charity, or if are so lucky to be in the position to do so..playing Santa and helping to pay down someone’s lay away bill.   What ever you feel comfortable doing, what ever you have time, energy, and funds to do.  It is not WHAT you do, but that you do something.

It is easy to get caught up in the commercialization of the holiday season and forget what it is really all about…love, kindness, bringing people together, finding joy in the little things, and remembering that we are part of something bigger, that the life does not happen in isolation and everything we do (or can do) can have an effect on others, no matter how big or small.

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