It's been said a lot about Christmas already. In couple days, your fish dish will be already eaten and gifts are going to be opened. It's not even time to be generous to others but also time to be thankful. It's one of the nicest times of peace and quiet.
Just like one of my friends says: "Appreciative people are happy people" - It's clear enough.
When I am thankful to others, I feel much better. Even sometimes I have to overcome some circumstances, being thankful gives me positive mental attitude that is affecting not even myself but others as well. So give everyone chance this Christmas. Mostly your family and best friends. Slow down, and tell them how you love them, appreciate them for everything they do for you (if so) not even you but also they are going to feel grateful afterwards. You might never have the chance to do it again, or even tomorrow.
Small postcard, thank you note, thank you letter or just word of mouth will make everything nicer.
Let me tell you story why. And really decide who is the one, to begin with.
In early winter this year 2012, I had the chance to visit African Gambia. Not really Christmas type of country at all. But for sure one of the most marvelous and beautiful life experience I ever had. One of many things that brings me memories is this short story how we went to crocodile.
We went to the local 'park' which wasn't park quite as you might know it from TV. It was more like a jungle and in the middle of small jungle, there was pond full of crocodiles. I was fortunate enough to touch this animal and pet it for a while. Sound's crazy but back then I was heck frightened to do so. Our guide who took us there was so nice, smiling guy. One of the happiest people I ever met. Smiling, laughing and joking about mosquitoes, and animals around. So thankful to work there and get paid at least something. He really affected our attitude towards whole trip and journey.
On the way back, we supported Native Africans by buying their hand made products. We even had the chance to socialise for a while and learn about culture and customs over there. What was the most astonishing part of this story is the end, when we went back to the Jeep. There was actually five of them. After jumping in to the back of the car, we were immediately surrounded by (almost) twenty kids. What we quickly did - is that we passed them some Pringles (chips) that left in car. What happened then was something that I will never forget. One really long and tall girl catched the whole thing, everyone surrounded around her, she slowly opened Pringles and pulled out one chip. What she did, is that she shared it and cracked it on couple pieces and gave to boys and girls around - from just one chip.
What is being generous is explained up there. But what is being thankful? Girls and boys gave her small hug and a small kiss on the cheek for sharing. No one was pushing and tearing. But hugging and sharing.
There is so many things you can be thankful for in your life when you have the chance to read this article. Being healthy, to have access to Internet and read is the gift, that someone doesn't have. Be thankful at least this time of the year and tell others how you really like them. You might never have the chance to do so again.
I will also provide a list of things that you can be thankful for, this Christmas:
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1. We survived the end of the world (2012) :-)
2. Are you healthy? Do you have family or friends?;
3. Thankful for food you have every day and this year;
4. Job, School, University and opportunities that you have every day;
5. Friends and family around you;
6. Is there anyone who loves you?And also, I want to say Thank to Jane,
for being with me, almost 1 year this Christmas(2012)
You gave me a lot and there is also much to learn from each other. You are in many ways truly a great example for me and I really can't imagine Life without you anymore. Every day with you is like one year, full of emotions and laughter. It's something that is rarely found in the world and having you alongside is an everyday gift.
You are Awesome and the best of the best.
Playyourday team, Thank you for reading