The gift of time
We are living in a time when we all have doubts and fears — about our jobs, our world, our future. We are living in a recession. We are struggling. We are worried. But, the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well, and it’s up to all of us to find ways to nurture that spirit and enjoy the season without getting caught up in a spending frenzy. Christmas has always been about giving and generosity, but our culture of materialism and consumerism can cause stress and anxiety, as well as empty wallets. By getting creative with our giving, we may find that less is more and simpler really is better.
When it comes to our families, what could be more precious than the gift of time? Rather than a gift card or the latest gadget, perhaps we should consider giving a “Gift of Time” Certificate. Parents can give their children certificates for reading a story, baking some cookies, going to the park, watching a movie together, or going out for pizza. Friends can offer babysitting services, house-cleaning services, computer lessons, or a homemade meal. An elderly person would certainly appreciate a gift certificate for weekly visits, errand-running, or rides in the car.
While we are all feeling the need to tighten our budgets, we also must remember that there are many people in our communities who are in great need. More than ever, we need to find ways to assist those who are less fortunate. This can be accomplished in many ways, including making financial donations to charities, delivering meals to shut-ins, or donating canned goods, toys, and clothing to homeless shelters. Teaching your children about the joy of giving can bring your family together in a very special way. It will also give hope to a needy family.
Maybe this will be the year that you decide to shop less, yet give more. Maybe this will be the year that you give more of your loving presence to someone rather than giving more token presents. Maybe this will be the year that you help your children discover that the best gifts don’t have to cost money. And, in the process, they will learn that acts of kindness and goodwill are wonderful gifts that keep on giving all year round. Smith. There was some diesel fuel spilled where the truck had turned on its side. Tuesday night a HAZMAT crew moved the affected dirt and replaced it with fresh dirt, said Smith.
The extent of the victim’s injuries and what exactly lead to his death is not yet known, said Mitchell.
Traffic on Butler Bridge Road was affected for several hours yesterday. The scene was not completely cleared until late in the afternoon Mitchell said.
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