It’s Christmas for some and other winter holiday for other — a time for giving! It’s also recession for many – a time for surviving! So how can we give generously without losing our shoes in the process?
Few would deny that when people give freely from the heart, everybody wins. And yet the very thought of Christmas this year touches people’s hearts in different ways. Because of lost jobs or growing debts, even the most generous givers feel unable to offer gifts to show that they care. Have you been there?
Leaders tell us they cannot value personal efforts with gifts, and parents tell families to expect far less. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Here at the Mita International Brain Center we suggest extravagant giving from the brain in ways that reflect heartfelt intelligences. Gifts need not cost money when giving draws from personal resources, banked within your brain. How so?
Gifts flow from each intelligence so that those strong in:
Verbal intelligence may inspire and send a note of cheer or thanks to a person often passed over.
Musical intelligence may help you organize a Carol sing-along for shut-ins.
Mathematical intelligence may suggest and help to build a budget for a struggling client, or organize a get together for employees to ring in the season.
Spatial intelligence may create a brilliant Christmas or holiday card – based on another’s most successful 2110 design idea – giving credit of coarse.
Kinesthetic intelligence may help to build a train station or doll’s house with needy kids to donate to a children’s hospital.
Interpersonal intelligence may match up mentors with teens for a look at the best career options for the coming year.
Intrapersonal intelligence may offer a poem or personal reflection to inspire holiday memories to help folks through tough times.
Naturalistic intelligence may take another family on an adventure to secure a tree and then replant another tree as a sustainable opportunity.
How will you explore possibilities for meaningful gifts, within multiple intelligences, in spite of the current recession?
Blessings to all!
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