Season of Giving

The season of giving is upon us and if you’re ready to make a difference, there is no better time to start then today. A heartfelt gift has the power to change a person’s life, to heal and to make someone feel cared about.

The most powerful gifts are not the material ones.  Here are some gifts we should practice giving year round:

The gift of understanding – Widows are often judged for how they grieve or not grieve.  We need to give them the gift of understanding as they grieve and heal.

Laughter – This is a gift that when given often comes back to the Giver.  Laughter has power, but you have to have the wisdom to know when to give it.

Forgiveness – First give this gift to yourself.  Forgive yourself and move forward.  Forgiveness is also a gift that if given to us should be accepted, helping us to understand that our past mistakes are no longer holding us back.

Listening Ear – We all need to be heard.  Just five minutes when we gift someone our total attention.  Not trying to fix anything, but being there to listen without judgement.

Unconditional Love – If you are a grandparent you have started to understand what unconditional love really means.  If you can love that way to others in your life, without any strings attached, now that’s a gift that everyone needs.

Compliment Freely – Remember how you felt when someone, friend or stranger, gave you a compliment?  Give compliments freely, because you never know when it will change someone’s life.

Don’t get so caught up in the season of giving material things, that you don’t give the gifts listed above because they have so much more value.  Indeed, for some it may be priceless.

Mary Francis, The Sisterhood of Widows

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  1. Wendy Godfrey
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    What if you have no one in your life to give those things to? What if you are what they call an “Elder Orphan” and you have no family, no friends and no car to go to any events, classes, groups, etc.?
    I am totally alone and am in total despair.
    How do you live?

    • Michele Saggs
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      You have made the first step, just reaching out. Joining the online sisterhood of widows may help too.

      Remember there is strength for today, and hope for tomorrow.

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