Saturday, November 26, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family. In the holiday spirit I'd like to share some interesting ideas for things to do around the holiday season. My family and I like to do the following:
  • Give a hug to a random, unkown person.
  • Give a plate of cookies to an elderly neighbor.
  • Give gloves to a beggar.
  • Invite someone, who would be alone, to dinner at your home.
These are just a few of our traditions, but it can be surprising, heart-warming, and eye-opening to watch people's reaction to these acts of kindness; especially the hug. That one often takes people off-guard and it is fun to see how they react to it. Frequently, the hug generates a smile or a thank you. Occassionally you will see a tear and sometimes you get a puzzled look or a sideways "what is wrong with you" look. It is great fun to observe, just nod and say "I felt like you needed that."

Have fun and be kind.

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