Friday, December 2, 2011

When We Skip Traditions, We Miss Creating TRUE Wealth

Hello readers, November was a busy month. It was one filled with highs and lows. I must admit, I am guilty of passing on some of the usual traditions which mark the holiday season. While I may have gained extra time to work on the many projects I have going I lost opportunities to re-bond with friends and family.

I am also guilty of blaming the current mood of the nation or economic state of America for needing more time to do my own things. It occurred to me that traditions are what this country is all about. The fact that we can choose to start a new one or try to keep old ones alive demonstrates the greatness of our country. For all her faults and seeming troubles, America is still the only place I would choose to call home.

While the definition of family or friend might be getting more elastic with non-traditional families occupying more of the households these days grounding them with traditions new or old is essential. This does not mean you need to break the bank placing lights up on your house or spend dollars you do not have on gifts made who knows where. It means taking time to get out of your comfort zone and trying to impact someone's life for the better.

This is the essence of a tradition, putting on unusual clothes or cooking atypical foods and sharing them with those you care about is the hallmark of a good tradition. It could mean spending your time on someone who needs some extra TLC. My point is traditions have to start somewhere. Why not make a gift or use your talents in new ways. I can remember being in Cub Scouts in second grade and visiting a nursing home at the North end of Kolbe Road near West Erie during Christmas time. We went floor by floor singing songs and trying to brighten the days of those residents. If we succeeded is not for us to judge the point is that we went. It made an impact on me, obviously.

I recently took time out to help a friend who had suffered a serious loss in her life. I did it, not for any potential reward but to touch the life of a person in need. My hope is that they will help someone in their life and so on. I wish all the best to you my readers and want you to know that there are people who do care in this world. The easiest way to find them is to look in the mirror after sharing your time or talents with someone out of the blue.

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