I ran into a friend at a craft store the other day during her lunch break still valiantly conducting business on the phone through her lunch. I stalked her down a couple of hours making silly and rude noises until she noticed me.
She is a friend I’ve come to like and respect more by the hour in the past few months. When she finished her call we talked a bit about what yarns we were looking for. She was looking for whatever was on sale. During her very limited time watching television she knits scarves for the homeless staying at her church when it’s cold outside, particularly at Christmas. I was instantly floored.
And today I read this post.
So I’d remind those of you who get frustrated that you yourself can’t do anything to give hospitality and comfort to the Syrian refugees: Do what you can for whom you can do it. I’m going to try to knit hats and add to my friends’ gifts to the homeless.
Hospitality is one of the world’s most ancient values. Let’s take a minute as we head into the holidays to dive into it headfirst and do what we can when we can. If someone asks for your coat, give him your cloak as well.
You cannot know that person that needs help. Not by looking at him or her. And you may never know him or her.
But they are important. Objectively. Without reference to what you think think about what they do or do not deserve. Without reference to how you feel about them.
Do what you can, where you can, for whom you can. Let’s make THAT what we do as we head into the holiday season. Thirty days of gratitude grows you as a person and reminds you of what you have. Let’s try “emboatening” or “encloakening” or however you want to come at it or call it instead. It will grow you as a person, materially help another person who needs it, and honor the Very Highest Good, by whatever name you call it.