Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Thoughts: The Holiday Season and Giving Back

Blogmas Day Five!

Today I was watching Louise's (from Sprinkle of Glitter) latest Vlogmas vlog, in which she talked about giving back, and how the holiday season is the perfect time. With my last couple of posts being about gift ideas for loved ones, her thoughts got me thinking about the importance of giving back as well. I'm not saying that it's horrible to only give presents to those we love, if that's all you can afford to do, then that's perfectly okay! But if you happen to be fortunate enough to have the time or money to help out, then by all means go ahead. I actually went into a store today, and the fire department was standing outside doing a toy and canned food drive. My family usually donates a couple of cans of food, but this year I really want to do more and try to help a lot more people. With it being the holiday season, giving back is all the more important to help other people have the warm fuzzies associated with Christmas and other holidays. So many people aren't fortunate enough to even have a warm place to be at night, let alone receive presents on Christmas morning. Don't get me wrong, giving back is extremely important all year long, but this time of year really helps people realize that there are others who are in desperate need of help from people who can afford to lend a hand.
Being at college has also opened my eyes to the horrible realities some people face; homelessness, going without food for a couple of days, becoming unemployed, or worse. It's easy to forget how some people live in the world when you aren't surrounded by it everyday. Living is very, very hard in some parts of the world - sometimes it can only be called surviving. This time of year is the time for you to be grateful of what you have and not what you don't have. What I mean is, don't be grateful that your life isn't like the lives of the less fortune, rather be happy with the things that you do have, and try and help others out when you can. I heard a wonderful talk about this, and how the speaker hated it when people were grateful for the wrong things - that they have a home that unlike homeless people, or that their health isn't like that of the ill. Try and always be thankful for the things in your life as they are. Life becomes so much easier when you are able to be thankful for everything you have, and even for the little things in life. And on that same point, trying to help out in little ways, but often, can add up to a lot over time! An act of any kind of kindness goes a long way.
Giving back and helping out has always been something that I've been passionate about, so it's something I could drone on and on about! I just think the world would be a much better place if more people tried to help out, even in the smallest of ways. I know that I could definitely try and help and give back more myself! This is just the perfect time of year to try and help out a little bit more than you usually would, because it helps spread holiday cheer :) This time of year is definitely my favorite for that reason, and all of the warm fuzzy feelings of being with those you love, and being able to give them a gift that shows just how much you care for them. I hope all of you have a great holiday season this year!

What are some of the ways you give back?

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day! :)


  1. I was watching those vlogs also. Louise is such a down to earth youtuber. I love her to bits. She really does make you think about things. I cant' say I dont agree with everything you have just said and we really should try to give more. :) It can be hard during the holidays and on a daily basis to remember those people who arent as fortunate as us.

    1. I'm glad you like it! And I definitely agree, it's really hard to remember!!