Xmas Inspiration Information — Gift of giving

by aaron on December 25, 2010

“It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.”
~ Eileen Elias Freeman

2010 is rapidly coming to a close, and i find myself looking back on all the many stories and tales of inspiration that have flooded in, many of which I quite simply did not have time to highlight here on Superforest.  And in this season of gift giving and cheer, two untold stories kept nagging on my conscience, demanding attention.  Sometimes stories are shy, they need to be coerced and hand-held into the light.  Others bang drums, hire mariachi bands and simply demand i give them their podium platform.  So it was that these next two stories hunted me down and pushed their way to the top of my inspiration list.

First, meet Allen and Violet Large (love the names!).  A retired Nova Scotia couple who recently won $11 million dollars in the Canadian lottery.

Whenever someone wins the lottery, the first question asked is of course “what are you gonna do with all that money?  And how will it change your life?”  For the Large’s, the answer came quick and surprising.  They immediately gave (almost) all the money away.

“What you’ve never had, you never miss,” 78-year-old Violet explained.  Violet is recently recovering from chemotherapy and cancer treatment.  What little money the Larges kept went to covering the remaining medical costs and helping out their family.  The rest was delivered in donation to a two page list of charity groups that the couple sat down and made, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the two hospitals where Violet underwent treatment.

“It made us feel good.  And there’s so much good being done with that money.”  Besides, according to the over 35 year married couple, the money was a “headache” that brought only anxiety over the prospect of greedy and crooked people who might try to take advantage of them.  “Money can’t buy you health or happiness.  That money that we won was nothing,” an emotional Allen said, his arm around his wife.  “We have each other.”

It’s incredible to imagine winning all of that money and then giving it all away.

There are many facets to Christmas from the spiritual symbol of nativity to the quality time with family to the inflated consumer accumulation of material products.  It’s a season of heightened emotion, full of joy, sensitivity, close proximity to the people you love the most (and often the very same people who drive you the most insane).  But at core, the very essence and spirit of Xmas is one of giving.  So in this glut of gifts, in our wealth of presents, remember that giving is more important than receiving.  And that money is nothing as long as we have each other.

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