True. I also think a little laughter goes a long way.<quoted text>
I agree that acts of kindness are good for the soul, but much of the Holiday gift giving has just become a level of frustration for both the giver and the receiver and the focus is more on the gift than the heart felt intent.
When it becomes nothing more than what will I get for ol' Aunt Snooty? The meaning has been lost. If you have gone out of your way to ignore Aunt Snooty all year long, then any gift appears to be nothing more than one trying to ease their own conscience or drag out some nostalgia when Aunt Snooty was not so snooty.
I find that the act of kindness that is most good for the soul is an act that one might do for a total stranger that one may never see again and costs nothing. Try smiling and saying something to that cashier like "you hair looks nice". That would mean more to them than a box of chocolates bought just because it is time to fulfill some obligation.
On another note... I don't mean to be so mean to abeliever, sometimes I do get carried away. But she herself has admitted that I have made her laugh. I hope I've made her laugh more than frown (Because I bet her frown could curdle fresh sweet milk hahaha).
Did you hear a couple of big loud booms just now? The first one almost shook me out of bed.