“No one has ever become poor from giving.” Maya Angelou speaks from the heart and her words are particularly relevant with the holiday season upon us. We fully understand her philosophy as our club generously provides gifts to so many segments of our community.
Unfortunately, the spirit of holiday giving has evolved into a calendar of craziness with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and ongoing sale events. Sensational deals – offered at all hours of the day and night – rob us of our hard-earned cash and much needed sleep. There is no doubt that we all love a good bargain, particularly when our shopping lists far exceed our budgets. Yet we all know joy comes from giving, not shopping. So if the insanity of the holiday season engulfs you, stop. Breathe. Focus. Then embrace Mother Teresa’s powerful words: “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
I wish all of you a wonderful, blessed holiday season and a very happy start to 2018.