Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone the Christmas bombardment has begun in full force. I’m sure you’ve noticed it too.
Holiday trimmings seemed to have sprung up overnight, and most radio stations have dusted off the jewel cases of their holiday CDs so we can all begin to sing along with the Christmas classics. Current talk on most television news channels has been about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and whether or not retailers have destroyed their previous sales records with the upturn in the economy.
My oh my. Thanksgiving passes much too quickly.
Before the calendar turns to a new month, I ask you to help me keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive and well all year long. Keep thoughts of Mahalo close to you, and learn to live in thankfulness for all the gifts you have been given. Use your gifts to give to others in this holiday season and every day to come.
The gifts I am referring to don’t come off a store shelf. They aren’t bundled in tissue paper, candy-cane colored wrapping and velvet bows. You needn’t shop around for them, because you already have them in good supply. They are …
– your Values
– your Strengths
– your Talents, Skills, and Knowledge
– your Mana‘o (your deeply held beliefs and convictions),
– your Source and your Truth (nānā i ke kumu)
– your Genius (mahalo nui Dick for helping us understand this)
– your Purpose (your ho‘ohana)
– your Love for others and the desire you have to share yourself with them (your aloha)
– your Capacity (physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual)
– your Intention. For good, for better, and for the best possible.
Mmmmm. I feel rich; don’t you?
When you wish to give a meaningful gift to others, these are the things unique to you which make up a much more valuable kind of currency. This is the currency of your personal wealth and wellbeing, your abundance.
You have an incredible amount to give.
Live in thankfulness for the richness within you which makes life so precious.
Celebrate your own gifts by giving of them to others.
– Managing with Aloha