Here we are at the end of another year and wondering where it all went. For some reason most people only really think about giving and sharing at this time of year, as our minds focus on Christmas and all the celebratory events and decorations which are constant reminders.
How are you sharing Christmas cheer with your business friends and clients? Are you telling them that you appreciate them and thank them for the year that has nearly gone?
Christmas means different things to many people. For some, it is about the celebration of the birth of Jesus, by attending Church services and the singing of much loved Christmas carols.
For others it is holiday time. It is often annual holidays for many and when most over indulge in all areas of their lives. We are fortunate in Australia to have our Christmas in the summer which means holidays, heat, blue skies, beaches and sunburn, barbecues and flies, along with Christmas trees, present giving, coloured lights and decorations.
Personally, I love the Christmas season. It’s about sharing with family and catching up with friends, celebration meals, and buying presents for those who are important in my world. It’s about watching children with bright shining eyes as they decorate their Christmas tree. For me, seeing my grandchildren on Christmas morning as they discover what Santa Claus left overnight, is an experience that brings many smiles and much love!
In Australia most of us are lucky to be able to have a lifestyle which gives us most of what we want and need. As we move into December and Christmas holidays start, we get into our festive mode making it is very easy to forget those who are less fortunate. There are so many people and organisations here in Australia that need constant support and Christmas time is no exception.
While you are shopping, wrapping, cooking and decorating remember those who don’t have a great feast with family and friends, who maybe have no shelter or special gifts on Christmas morning.
Sharing is what we do when we are networking and developing business relationships. So I challenge everyone to consider the same mind set with those around them this festive season. If you are able to help support any organisations on Christmas Day, or donate gifts or money, that would be appreciated too.
Loneliness by many is a very real thing. If you know someone who has no family or is new to our city without any friends, consider how you can make this festive season a happy one for them too.
Remember your clients who have supported you this year by doing something special for them too. We are not always aware of others situation either. We have the power to make other’s lives better if we choose.
So, this Christmas, see who you can help to make it a happier time, supporting not only those you know but others who maybe aren’t as fortunate as you.
As Mother Teresa said, ‘Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.’
Copyright © 2010 Jennie Gorman