12/15/2015: The Gift of Giving

At tonight’s meeting, we did something out of the norm for us: we did a gift exchange.  We also laughed and smiled more than I feel we usually do.  Perhaps that is just my perception of how meetings usually go, but it was nice for a change.  Then again, the holiday season seems to do that, bring out the best in us, even if only for a brief time, and help us to remember the light in a dark world.  Regardless, even if all I gave them were signed copies of my book, something I don’t give a second thought to, everyone appeared overjoyed by it, and it got me thinking about the previous point, but also about the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  The simplest things can make all the difference in a person’s day, and it doesn’t have to be large, flashy, etc.  It can be simple, like a note, a card, a flower, whatever, but it can be just as profound in getting the desired reaction.  In short, my housemates found satisfaction in what I consider a small token, but it was so meaningful for them, just as their excitement was good enough for me.  Therefore, to close, I invite you to find the joy, the gift one has in giving, as I found tonight.  So, until next time, may God bless you in all you do.

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One of the gifts I got.

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