During this time of the year, we are often so focused on all of the things we have to do. We need to buy gifts, get our homes ready for visitors, decorate…
Often we think being a Secret Santa is buying something for someone. The idea is that the person gets a gift from someone who is a secret. Often, it is easy to figure out exactly who it came from.
Have you had a Secret Santa or been a Secret Santa? At times in the past, I have drawn a name to be a gift giver. I would try to give them something that they would like.
A few days ago, I was entering my local department store. Outside the entrance, there were about 20 people braving the cold, wet, windy weather collecting toys to “toys for tots.” I went inside to get that one item that I needed only to find that they did not carry it. I ended up buying some toys instead. When I delivered the small bag of toys, I asked how long they were going to be there. They were going to be there for a few more hours. I went to an office store next to the Dollar Tree. I decided to go inside to get some more toys. It has been a tradition since my kids were very small that we would go in and buy toys for other kids that they did not know. I would usually let them buy 10 toys each. As my kids are now teens, I was all on my own. I ended up leaving with 2 bags of toys. As I started to return to where they were collecting the toys, I thought of MKMMA and all that I have been learning. I weaved my way through the rush hour traffic and delivered the toys met with a warm thank you.
Being of service to others does not mean that you have to spend money. A smile, a hug, a kind word can all be just as valuable.
In our class, we are reminded to “Give more – Get more.” We have also talked about the importance of doing thing and not expecting anything in return. The idea is to make our part of the world better. When the world around us is better, our lives will be better. I started off my class with a scholarship that someone paid for on my behalf. We live by pay-it-forward mentality.
As I continue this month and into the next year, I hope to carry this Secret Santa mentality with me. I hope that you will too.