With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts of shopping, wrapping and presents are never far from mind. There’s a frantic scramble in the last few weeks (or in some cases the last few days!) to check the presents which need to be purchased off the list and find something which fits the bill for each person.
But what about giving a different kind of gift this year? Not for a family member, or for a friend…to a stranger.
Not something which meets the right criteria of cost and size….something which shows a kindness and compassion for someone else…whoever they may be.
It doesn’t have to be something big or expensive, it could simply be paying the toll for whoever happens to be lucky enough to be in the car behind you and telling the toll booth attendant to wish them a Merry Christmas from a friend.
It could be visiting an elderly stranger in a home who has no family to visit them and just have a simple conversation with them. Ask them what their favourite memory is, when do they remember laughing more than ever, what was their best Christmas and why?
For me, it will be donating to and helping out at the London Basket Brigade.
It’s an initiative inspired by Tony Robbins…the idea is that we collect donations to put together food hampers for families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a Christmas dinner. Then on the 23rd we go around London delivering the hampers and telling them they are just “from a friend” and that when they are in the position to do so, to do it for someone else in the future.
It’s a wonderful initiative and they are done all over the country and all over the world. If you’re interested in supporting our team in London all the details are here: http://yesgroup.org.uk/ and if you are somewhere else in the world, just Google “basket brigade” and your location and it will bring up your local groups.
I can’t wait to see the faces of the people whose Christmases we will be making a little more special through the kindness of others. Knowing that I will be part of the team helping to give them a little bit of Christmas that they otherwise wouldn’t have is a wonderful feeling.
Being open and giving is a core part of our femininity…and the boost it will give to your internal fuzzy feeling meter is immeasurable!
So give a little unexpected gift this Christmas…and remember to stay fabulous!
I love synchronicity! Having posted this blog this morning, I then went onto Facebook and saw this video…which so eloquently demonstrates what I’m talking about here…so I thought you might like to see it too:
Here is the link if videos don’t play in your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc8ZbVcdHpg
Much love and festive hugs x