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The True Santa Is Within Every One Of Us

The True Santa Is Within Every One Of Us

With all the fuss over what color Santa is, we thought it was good to remind ourselves that Santa is neither black nor white, or pink or yellow for that matter, as he is way more than skin tone. Nor is the true Santa just a jolly guy in a red outfit; he is giving, sharing, caring and kind, and these qualities are not limited to color. Rather, he’s a remarkable example of great wisdom and compassion that we can all learn from:

  1. He makes us do good and feel good. Now that’s a big one, as many of us often act selfishly and greedily.
  2. He gives endlessly to everyone all over the world, all at pretty much the same time. This indicates a truly generous heart, one that takes great joy in giving, without needing to receive.
  3. Yet he does not give blindly. Rather he judges what is the most appropriate gift for each. This shows great discernment, as giving needs wisdom in order to be of most benefit.
  4. He encourages rituals and invokes magic in every child’s life: letter writing, stocking filling, decorations, parades, milk and cookies. Ritual is an essential part of honoring that which is greater than us, and magic is the beauty of the unknown.
  5. He listens to our pleas and requests and reads our letters. Meaning that he takes the time to hear us and pays attention, which we could all do a lot more of.
  6. He has great psychic powers: he flies in the sky with reindeer, descends chimneys without getting covered in soot, goes by many names and forms, and is extraordinarily elusive. Has anyone actually ever seen him? The lesson here is that we can all do more than we think we can: we can practice random acts of kindness quietly, simply, without bringing attention to ourselves.
  7. He knows where we live. In other words, he is inside every one of us.
  8. Most importantly, he lifts our spirits at the darkest time, bringing us laughter and joy, which is undoubtedly the greatest gift of all. No need to spread doom and gloom, no need to focus on what is wrong with ourselves or the world. By focusing on what is good we not only bring a lightness of spirit to others, but we also get to feel a lot better too.

Through giving to others, a la Santa, we get away from selfishness and neediness, and in the process see our own self-centeredness in greater perspective. It connects us to the basic goodness within, a quality of kindness that is easy to lose touch with. Giving—whether a smile, our time, a listening ear, food or material gifts—is profoundly joyful, both to the one who is receiving and the one who is giving. The essence of this is an open heart, a free mind, and a blissful spirit.

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope

True generosity is giving without any thought of getting or receiving; it is unconditional, unattached, free to land wherever it will. Through giving and sharing in this way, we soon find that we do not lose anything; we do not have any less. Rather, we gain so much.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

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12:58AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Thank you :)

8:09AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

1:52AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Thank you :)

1:10AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

good post. Really liked the two quotes by Bob Hope and Winston Churchill. Thank you.

9:12PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Saint Nicklaus was a saint for that reason.

5:59PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

thanks

11:53AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thanks

6:39AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Sure :) Thanks for posting.

5:45AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

I like to give. We can all give.

3:56AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you

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