I mean, poor people are still poor when it's not Christmastime.
Homeless people still need shelter and a nice meal, even when it's not Christmastime.
Children still need something special now and then, even when it's not Christmastime.
Not only did that get me thinking about what my family will be doing throughout the year for those less fortunate, it got me thinking about things more existential.
What if the "heaven" that so many people are looking forward to experiencing in the afterlife is actually here? And what would happen if we all treated this life as if it were heaven? How much suffering and pain could we eliminate? How many lives could we change?
As we all prepare to celebrate Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Festivus ("the feats of strength"), etc) please take a moment to notice what's happening around you. Ask yourself how you can keep the holiday spirit going throughout the year.
- Can you pay for the coffee the person in line behind you is going to order?
- Can you serve a meal to the homeless at the shelter sometime in July?
- Can you bring needed items to the food bank in February, to replenish the food already given out for the holidays?
Big or small, what can you do to make the world a better place, and how often can you do it?
I know I now have a new goal: to do something for someone else at least once a month for 2012. My kids will get in on it, too, since I'm giving them no choice. ;-)
Heaven on Earth. It is attainable. And it starts with you!