I grew up in L.A. and was in a family of five kids. I never thought we were poor. I just knew that as mom would say, “well, things are a little tight right now or things are a little tough right now.” But the lights would get cut off, the gas would get cut off, the water would get cut off from time to time. We had to just figure out how to manage it.
I know right now that some of our youngsters, even if they’re living in a home that’s full of warmth and love and care, that things can be hard sometimes.
If you’re interested in trying to bring something, some sense of love and care to our kids, this is a good season to think about it. You don’t have to make a big splash; you can just notice and find a way of how you can be a giver.
Sometimes that can be a giver that’s financial, always helpful. Sometimes it’s a giving of just your heart and just your thoughts. Just looking at and being able to say to a kid that you know “I see something very special inside of you. I see a wise person. I see a caring person. I see someone who has the potential to do great things.
You know, and I’m really proud of you, even though I don’t know you that well or that long, but I’m just proud to know that you’re here and I’m appreciating you and if there’s anything that I can do, I’d love to try to support you.”
Giving the gift to truly see and hear another person is so powerful. It is real. It gives a gift that keeps on giving.