... is nothing. At least, nothing you can buy in a store. Don't get me wrong, I like presents as much as the next girl and usually around this time, I post a Christmas wishlist of some sort here on the blog. But I can truly say that I have every "thing" that I need, and then some. What I truly want is an intangible thing that can't be purchased at Target or Amazon Prime. What is that thing? Well, I'm glad you asked.
Here's what I really want for Christmas this year.
When did we all become so jaded? When did we all begin to think, "Homelessness, poverty, hunger, joblessness, illnesses - these are so not my problem"? A little bit of kindness and sympathy goes a long way. Not everyone is blessed with the same tools, resources, funds as others. Yes, we'd all be mortified if we were that mom standing in line at the grocery store, only to hear that her card has been declined. But instead of getting irritated that she's holding up the line, maybe you have a few extra dollars to spare and help her out. Maybe you ask her, "which of these things is an absolute necessity and you need it right NOW?" and then you buy it. Or maybe you don't have any extra funds, so you volunteer to help her pack up her cart and go over to customer service so they can sort it out. I guarantee you, she will remember your kindness and likely pass it on to someone else when she can.
Have clothes you don't wear anymore? Donate them to Goodwill. Purchase a few extra toys for the Toys for Tots program. Donate pet supplies to a local animal shelter. Take a second to jot down a quick Thank You card to your mail carrier, for all that s/he does all year round. Hold the door open for someone. See a man looking a little confused at the perfume counter? Ask him if he needs help picking out a fragrance. Little things have such a big impact. Little things leave a long-lasting impression.
Kindness is the best and biggest present you can give someone. I wish for kindness this holiday season, and every other part of the year. For me, for you, for others.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
― Henry James