Norman Vincent Peale
Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Merry Christmas my friend!
I hope today is beautiful and amazing for you and everything you wished for! It snowed today where I am so thats always awesome! Christmas is the time of year where we can really think of others and not of ourselves but its strange how so many times we (including myself) get caught up in the small trivial things that do not even matter.
Just the other day I was going to pick up a my car, running around like crazy, getting music gear etc and noticed a kid in his 20s had a sign up that said “Anything Helps”. I know people say we should not hand out money because they can go get help at a facility and its better for them. I still to this day have a hard time passing people on the street so I rolled down the window and gave him a box of crackers with some salad and a water. I rolled up the window and looked back over and he literally ripped the bag open with his mouth and quickly started devouring the crackers. He looked like he was starving. I just of thought how sad it was to see him without a family, freezing outside and its a couple days away from Christmas. It quickly reminded me of what Christmas is about and how many trivial things in life just do not matter. When I was young my dad would actually take us to the homeless shelters all the time and would give people food. You could see that people were so grateful. He is one of the most Christlike giving people I know.
Again just the next day I caught myself again getting way too caught up in a gift game at a family party. You know the one where you go around in a circle, roll a dice and if you get a 7 or 11 you pick a gift or steal it from someone else. Ya that one. I would say I a pretty competitive with certain things, more with myself most of the time but for some reason I got way too competitive with this game. Being competitive can be a blessing and a curse at times. Anyways at the end of the game, ya I got what I wanted but then half the group was upset so to say the least I should not have fully acted the way I did. I ended up giving the gift back to the person I stole it from because I felt so bad about it. I guess what I am trying to say is I am not perfect. If we forget at times its ok, just take a deep breathe, pause a moment and come back to what really matters in life.
Going back to the homeless boy on the street. Thank you for reminding me that its hard enough to be on the street. I know you can join a program which I think is a great idea but I am reminded of the emotional loss you are feeling. The lost that someone loves him. I hope I can continually be reminded that we all could use a little more love in this world without the criticism.
Love and gratitude
(This is not the real boy due to privacy this is another homeless boy at age 17)
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