However, I came to my desk with a draft in mind ~ several, in fact ~ the first and most pressing one being on the subject of encouragement. I had this whole thing to say about how, here, at the Christmas season especially, we oughta go out of our way to say kind words to one another, encourage one another, build and hold one another up.
However, again... when I got to my desk, there was an envelope propped here, something the man left for me after rifling through the mail. It's something mass-mailed from a local entity, but someone hand-wrote a note on the envelope ~ a personal note just for me, to encourage me regarding this very thing you're reading. (And signed it. This wasn't my man trying to keep me going. :) )
Ummmm...I'm not crying or anything. That would be way too super girly, but can I just tell you that my eye sockets are swelling and I might find it difficult to speak at the moment?!
So obviously, this thing just changed course just a bit! Rather than share now what I think might be a great gift idea, I'm straight up telling you something that I know to be true: encouraging words are a gift to the soul.
So consider for a moment how regularly you hear complaints/negativity versus encouragement (regardless of the target.) How regularly do you share one or the other with those around you? How easy is it to affect someone's entire day with your words? Why not say something nice?
Complaining and grumbling: that's ordinary, everyday material.
Let's put that aside and gift one another with something extraordinary.
T'is the season, now especially!
Pour out tidings of joy, I say!
Good tidings of great joy!