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Christmas is coming the waves are getting fat please put a dollar in the old surferfs hat. As winter sets in the waves get bigger the holiday season begins and people everywhere begin to open up their hearts in joyous celebrations. Regardless of ones faith, the holiday season marks a time of renewal and strengthening of ones faith and personal beliefs. Whether one celebrates Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or something else the holiday season is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to a new year. Holidays are also used as a time for forgiveness and to share good will and positivity toward family, friends and fellow man. In this time of celebration it is important to remember those less fortunate, the disenfranchised the people with out homes, the people with out liberty or justice, people facing crises, struggle and strife on a daily basis just to survive.
If this year is like last year millions of people around the world will looking for just the right gifts to give their loved ones. Ordinary gifts just wont do for the extra ordinary people we love and care about the most. While one may find many valuable gifts by
going to retailers everywhere the fact remains the most valuable gifts always have and always will come from the heart. Material gifts will only last so long but the gifts from the heart last forever. Sharing is caring and those that care give the gifts that mean the most the long lasting gifts that impact, transform and help improve others lives. Three of the greatest gifts anyone could ever give or receive are time, energy and love. No greater gift can a man give than that of himself.
For those looking for a special as well as original gift try the gift of words. Words supercharged with heartfelt feelings are supercharged with power. Supercharged words have the power to tear down or build up, wound or to heal. Supercharged words have the power to create miracles. Best of all words cost nothing to give but can mean everything to receive. Give the gift of inspiring words to the man trying to better his life in order to help others. Give the gift of kind words to a stranger, not only will the stranger feel better you will too. Give the gift of motivational, helping, healing and loving words and the world will be a better place for everyone. Sometimes just one word properly timed can change a multitude of lives.
There was once an old surfer that lived under a pier. He lived under the pier for many years watching many a Christmas come and go. Occasionally the lifeguards would ask the old surfer to leave or temporally remove him like a discarded wax wrapper tossed on the sand, picked up and thrown out. Somehow though just like the sea gulls returning to the beach after being at sea all day, by nightfall he always found his way back home underneath the pier. Though he only had a little money he had a lot of heart. The old surfer was always helping others and spreading good cheer. Rich or poor mattered not to the old surfer if he saw someone in need he was there indeed, not just at Christmas time but all the time.
It came to pass on particularly damp and cold Christmas Eve that the old surfer was looking through his few belongings for enough change to buy an extra large hot cup of coffee. To his surprise and joy he found a single dollar bill inscribed gMerry Christmash
someone had rolled up and placed in his ragged straw beach hat. Feeling like a satisfied kid at Christmas he turned to leave but was startled to see a large, shadowy figure slowly moving his way. Taken aback the old surfer concealed himself behind one of the pier pilings and silently watched as the mysterious figure began to make itfs way up the pier. As the figure got closer the old surfer could see it was a man, a very sad looking man who was shivering in the cold night air. He thought about the strange incidence for a moment and then turned to go get the coffee. A few moments later the old surfer came back but instead of an extra large cup of coffee he had two small cups. The old surfer approached the large stranger in the dark stopping just short of where he was standing at the end of the pier. After an awkward pause and a long silence the old surfer softly asked? Coffee? Saying nothing but with a single tear in his eye the stranger reached out and took the cup of coffee. It turns out this mans wife had died a week earlier and he was feeling lonely depressed and even suicidal.
Out of despair the man was planning to end his life by jumping off the pier. When the old surfer said gcoffee?f what he really said was I am here for you. Taken by the old surfers compassion and warmth the man saw life in a new way. No longer did he want to end his life. From that point on, just how the old surfer was there for him, he would be there for others in time of need. As he was a very wealthy man he spent the rest of his life finding happiness by helping many others including the old surfer who now owns the pier! More important than how much love one has in his heart is how much love one gives from his heart. Happy Holidays.

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