The Gift Of Giving...
Have you ever made the impossible...possible?
Honestly, the last few weeks have been challenging and there were times when I simply had to ‘surrender’ and go with the flow.
You see, there’s many days where you can’t get everything done on your “to-do” list. There are days when people let you down...and days where you let people down.
There are times when you feel completely overwhelmed by all the opportunities that are presented to you. And times when you feel truly blessed and are grateful for your gifts.
And to add to your already full inbox of tasks, duties and responsibilities, your wife or significant other reminds you it’s Christmas next week. Yikes, where has the year gone?
You know, I really love this time of year. Firstly, my wife is usually happy for the whole month which is pretty exciting in our household. She loves Christmas and makes a big effort every year. (She’s like my done-for-you Christmas in a box service)
I think she still forgets that I’ve only celebrated Christmas in the last decade. Prior to that, I never “experienced” Christmas. But each year, I’m learning more about it and having children makes a big difference.
I didn’t get Christmas for a long time being an "outsider." So many patients would complain about making an effort to see people you don’t really know, buying presents for people you don’t really like and complain about running out of toilet paper!
I know you are busy so I’ll stop ranting and give you one key thing to do over the next few weeks. Christmas is a time of giving. I encourage you to take time out and really connect with the people around you.
Engage in conversations that expand your mind. Reach out to people who you have neglected and fill their hearts. Hug those around you and remind them that you care. Because when you give your time and create a moment for someone, it becomes a gift that keeps on giving.
Giving is all about service. Giving grows you because your love expands as you serve. Giving with frequency cultivates a habit that puts deposits in your emotional bank account. So the more you give, the more you can serve.
Giving can also reveal the truth. If you believe in “giving to receive”, then you support the transactional, zero-sum game world where no one wins. Real giving is a gift that releases your resistance without expectations.
Don’t be afraid to be humbled by the truth because when you face the truth, you will grow. And you will expand beyond your current comfort zone and experience a whole new level of depth with distinctions from your heart.
Thank you for supporting "Conversations with Chen" this year. Although I didn't reach my goal of 500 members, I got close. It's a great foundation to build on.
I want to take a moment and thank those who posted comments on my wall and sent me private messages. By making that effort, you have contributed to helping me enrich each edition from my heart.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and safe and prosperous New Year. If you are ready to make big plans for 2011, then I have an exciting gift for you next week.
Next week will be the final Conversations with Chen for 2010.
Until then...nothing is missing...grace is the gift that heals the deepest wounds.
Live Your Legacy,
P.S Remember to focus on the people around you. These days, it’s so easy to be there without being there. Turn off that phone, ignore those messages and really be present with the people around you. When you disconnect, you’ll discover you’ll be more connected to real people in the real world. That’s all...