Friday, December 31, 2010
I always consider New Year's Eve a day that is full of hope for the coming year, and hope can be a very powerful thing. Therefore, today's gift, my final one, was a donation to our local chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation. My hope is that it will help make a sick child's wish come true.
I'm thankful for what I learned during this 39 day experiment. I learned that when you think of something you're thankful for, it's a reminder that things aren't always as gloomy as they seem. That may sound like a "no-brainer", but sometimes when everything seems to be falling around you, it's hard to remember that there are some good things in your life. Also, the daily challenge of trying to find something you could give to others taught me about the power of giving. When you give, no matter what it is, you're acting from a position of abundance, not of need or want. Like gratitude, giving reminds you of all that you truly have. I know before I started the 39 Gifts experiment, I was pretty depressed and feeling pretty dejected by some people at work. However, I noticed I wasn't focusing on that during the 39 Gifts. Giving allowed me to do things that could help others in some way instead of just reacting to what I felt was being done to me. That was a big help.
I think I'll continue daily thoughts of gratitude and "random acts of kindness" (a great book by the way) next year. It's just more proof that "what goes around, comes around", I guess.
I hope everyone has a great new year!