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Every Day is a Gift

In the movie Elf, Buddy and the other elves in his class recite the Code of the Elves, which says:

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, what would life be like if people viewed each day as a gift, looked for the best in everyone, spread cheer and sang loud for all to hear?

Something about this time of year sets it apart from the other 11 months. While there may be some Scrooges out there, people are generally more cheerful and generous, and there is a warmth in the air. Think Beyonce showing up at Walmart and paying the first $50 of every single person’s bill in the store and Secret Santas dropping large amounts of cash in Salvation Army kettles.

“Bah, Humbug!” you say. There is no question many challenges exist in the world. Some can’t wait to see the season end. People who don’t even know one another are filled with hate because of differing opinions. Bad things happen to good people. In fact, some people seem to be a magnet for bad things happening around every corner. Then there’s the economy and the uncertainty of what tomorrow holds.

Adversity exists, no doubt. It has been said that attitude is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we choose to respond. We can let the world get the best of us, or in the dawning of a new year we can intentionally treat every day as something special. If you wake up in the morning and look for opportunities to serve others, you might be surprised at how much better you feel, regardless of circumstances.

While some say that they don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions because they never keep them, the beginning of a new year does present a great opportunity to establish a new direction or build on an already existing strong foundation.

Every day we get to choose how we will treat those around us. How different would our world would be if we chose to spread cheer year-round?

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