Friday, November 23, 2012


It wasn't until I was an adult that I became aware that the day after Thanksgiving had any other name than "the day after Thanksgiving."  In our home, we looked forward to the fourth Friday of November every bit as much as we looked forward to the preceding Thursday.  Friday was afterall the day we got to eat "Leftovers."

The food we looked so forward to devouring 2, maybe three times throughout the day no longer could claim to be beautiful, but had a draw all its own.  The leftovers were the bits and pieces with which we could create exactly the meal we wanted, not the meal that was served.  Now, the meal that was served was always incredibly beautiful and even more delicious in taste than appearance. The only thing to complain about would be the end of meal tightness of ill-chosen pants.  In no way do I mean to say that the feast of Thanksgiving was overshadowed by the remnants served the next day.  No, I do not intend to say that. What I do intend to say, however, is that the leftovers had a special quality all their own, that they could only obtain by virtue of having not been consumed the day before.

Do you feel sometimes in life that you're living on leftovers? Or have only leftovers to give? Its a familiar and frustrating feeling for many, but the good news is, we can make out of leftovers just exactly the life we want! Its about treasuring the special ability of the leftover to sometimes be richer, more flavorful, and exceptionally adaptable to becoming spectacular in a way that the originally served dish lacked!  The only extra ingredient required is creativity.

Are you holding yourself back from living generously because all that remains at the end of the day is leftovers? I want you to promise yourself right now, that you will not hold back anymore.  Generous living truly has not much at all to do with finances. Get creative.  Let someone struggling to make a lane change in to your lane, greet a neighbor, comfort a child even when your patience is wearing.  These are all cost free acts of generosity and each within our reach.

Are you ready for a fantastically generous giving season?  I am. I hope you'll join me.


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