Principle #7 – Choose to be Unstoppable and Give

My husband and I were driving along the interstate and saw a billboard that said: Love one another: wear a mask! The pandemic is so out of control across the nation. My county was just updated to critical due to the high number of new virus cases. I appreciate North Carolina for continuing to get this important message out. It’s a great way to give the gift of love.

I had to rethink how to celebrate our Thanksgiving. I was going to have a small outdoor gathering but changed it to a virtual one. I didn’t want to disappoint my family, but their safety is always my priority. I commend the families that listened to the CDC warnings and stayed at home during Thanksgiving. I understand it’s difficult to be physically away from each other, but we are always connected in spirit.

“Caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human.” – Hillary Clinton

This pandemic is real, and it can be scary! And yet, some people still don’t practice the CDC guidelines of wearing a mask, washing your hands, and social distancing outside. It’s easy to become lax with the guidelines, but they are necessary to keep everyone safe. It’s the season of giving. Please give the gift of love by being safe.

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” – Dalai Lama

Another way to give is by being kind and generous with a donation to help people less fortunate. There are many people who are unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. All across the United States, there are long lines to get food. I feel that because we are a wealthy nation, no one should go to bed hungry.

Every year, my family and I draw names for Christmas gifts. We are doing something different this year. We are so grateful for our blessings and want to do our part to help our community. We are each donating to an organization that speaks to our hearts. We will meet on Zoom to share our gratitude and talk about the organizations that spoke to us.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

This is an inspiring time of year. To put you in the holiday spirit, check out this song from Carrie Underwood and John Legend. It reminds me of what’s important. I think giving is the best part of the holidays. There are many health benefits when we give to people less fortunate than we are. It helps our wellbeing and brings us happiness. We all have been stressed in different ways this year, and many of us have struggled to find happiness. Helping others is a way to inspire others and ourselves. So, consider giving the gift of love and care. Please be safe this holiday season. And love one another by wearing your mask.

Freedom is possible!


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