This time of year in Canada has traditionally been a time to give … people who celebrate Christmas give presents, but even beyond the religious significance of “the Holiday Season” Canadians are particularly generous to those in need.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” … John Holmes
Personally I find the season to be one of excess … many people drink too much, eat too much and spend too much money on things that they don’t really need. Families take on debt to be able to give their children the same gifts that more affluent families can afford.
At the same time it really highlights the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots”. The family that has no income takes little comfort in Canada’s relatively decent unemployment rate, and those in our society who can’t afford presents, big dinners and increased costs are dependant upon the generosity of all Canadians.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” … Anne Frank
Most people reading this are lucky, have jobs, enjoy a good standard of living and can afford those extra luxuries at this time of year.
Perhaps the BEST gift you can give is to be generous to those who can’t afford it themselves.
Dig deep and help someone out … it could be the food banks, the snow suit funds, the children’s charities, the hospitals and shelters. It could be a neighbour who needs a little help or a retirement home that could benefit from some attention. How we treat those in need is the true measure of our society … do your bit!
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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