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The Christmas Spirit

Posted on December 16, 2019 by dragonspitapothecary

When I think of paying it forward I think of those times when I or someone steps in to provide something entirely unexpected. As I was doing some cleaning in my office I found something that reminded me of this type of kindness and how timely it was right here at Christmastime. Personally, I think this sort of thing should happen year round but for some reason when it happens at Christmas there seems to be a little extra something that makes it truly magical.

It happened in Florida where my family and I were having a late dinner in a restaurant walking distance from our hotel. We had been playing hard all day at Legoland sneaking in a little family trip before Christmas Eve. We were exhausted from playing but wanted a hot meal before turning in for the night. We were just hanging out doing what you do enjoying a meal together and talking about our day. Our son telling us his favorite parts and us just being a family together. There was a couple across from us enjoying their dinner but otherwise it was not that busy being just a couple days before Christmas.

As the couple beside us left they said Merry Christmas and left a piece of paper on our table. We figured it was just a church invitation but when we looked we saw it was a receipt showing they had paid for our entire meal and wrote a note to us saying Merry Christmas and God Bless Your Family. This act of kindness still brings tears to my eyes. We didn’t need it but it sure was appreciated and a complete surprise. It was like they were intentionally out looking for a nice family like ours to bless in a kind way. I have saved that receipt to remind me of this gift and it was what I ran across cleaning up some things in the office.

Being kind to one another generates an energy that changes your perspective especially when that kindness is so unexpected. Despite the news, differences in opinions, social media popularity and all else there are some incredibly kind people in this world and their generosity is how we should all be to one another year round! This begs the question of why do we wait for Christmas to be the most generous and charitable? Why do we wait for a special occasion or major event to realize we can do something nice for someone? What holds us from letting that spirit of kindness lead us through every day?

I realized the reason why this comes out more at Christmas in all of us is because we are more open to seeing beyond every day things that bog us down. We let go of obligations and responsibilities a little to realize we are still human and have connection to one another.

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