Connect Through Giving

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The holidays are here!  Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for me and quite possibly for you as well.  I am reminded of the many blessings I’m given daily, and the privilege I have to share those blessings with those around me.  The holidays are a time to connect with family and friends.  Your family traditions contribute to who you are and how you view the world we live in.  Many of the traditions that we celebrate at this time of year focus on giving.  There are many ways that we can give, and each one fosters valuable connections.

  • Giving a gift that has been thoughtfully selected for a friend or family member is one way to show love and appreciation.
  • Taking the time to share a kind word of support or comfort is a gift of thoughtfulness.
  • Giving of our time is perhaps the most meaningful gift that we can give. That’s where true connections are made.
  • Writing a note of appreciation to someone who has touched your life or taught you a valuable lesson is the gift of encouragement.
  • Sometimes a hug is all that is necessary.
  • The gift of laughter can bring healing to a heavy heart.

As an educator how do you connect through giving?  Think about your classroom and your students.  You have the opportunity to inspire, to love, to show appreciation and encouragement each day you enter your classroom.  I challenge you to use these next few weeks to be intentional in your connections through giving.  It doesn’t require monetary gifts, however it will require time, thoughtful planning and awareness of needs.  The reward far outweighs the effort when we truly give of ourselves!

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One Response to “Connect Through Giving”

  1. Toni Garrett says:

    Thanks, Vicki, for highlighting the true meaning of the season.

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