‘Tis the season of giving. Everyone wants us to give, give, give. People ask us numerous times to donate our hard-earned funds to their children’s fundraisers. At work, at home and anywhere else. Give, give, give…
Some of us use the Christmas season as a kind of a “Black Giving”season. In other words, we take advantage of this time to catch up for our stinginess during the year; to even up our score, so to speak.
Some of us resolve to give of our treasure at Christmas time, and to redouble our efforts to be better people the rest of the year.
However you see it, the really good thing about all this is the opportunity we have to consider the very concept of giving itself. So I did. That got me to the idea of giving as it pertains to our personal relationships, and I’ve put together a partial list of the things that we need to give in order to keep our most important relationships alive and flourishing.
- Forgiveness and forgetfulness
- Honest, gentle criticism
- Openness to criticism
- Gracious, graceful acceptance of praise, compliments and honest, gentle criticism
- Openness to listening
- Honesty, sincerity
- …and give, and give, and give
- Some more
- Open communication
- Free time
- Time to themselves
- Two sympathetic ears
- Gracious, graceful acceptance of all of the above from others.
And, least important:
I’m sure I missed some things. What do you think?