Happy Holidays

Stephen DeAngelis

December 25, 2008

Today the Christian world celebrates Christmas. Regardless of the faith you keep or the principles that guide your life, celebrating a season that focuses on the joy of giving and serving is good for the world. Amanda Bradley wrote:

It only takes one smile to offer welcome … and blessed be the person who will share it.
It only takes one moment to be helpful … and blessed be the person who will spare it.
It only takes one joy to lift a spirit … and blessed be the person who will give it.
It only takes one life to make a difference … and blessed be the person who will live it.

During this holiday season, I encourage you make a difference in someone’s life. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.” Franklin also said, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle,” which is one reason why so many people who selfishly focus on “finding themselves” get lost in the process. Spencer Kimball offered this advice:

“The more we serve our fellowman in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. We become more significant individuals as we serve others. We become more substantive individuals as we serve others, — indeed, it is easier to ‘find’ ourselves because there is so much more to find!”

My wish for you this holiday season is that you find yourself actively involved serving others in some way. Be more courteous and kind. Be more generous and thankful. If you do, you will indeed have a happy holiday season.