The Blessings of Peace – The Beauty of Hope
The Spirit of Love – The Comfort of Faith
May these be your gifts this Christmas Season.
Millions of people around the world will celebrate Christmas today, a day to commemorate the birth of Jesus. It is a big cultural and religious day for Christians, but is being celebrated by an increasing numbers of non-Christians.
It has always made me wonder as to why a particular religious festival is also being celebrated more and more by people belonging to other religions. This trend is seen even during other festivals such as Diwali, Ramadan etc. Maybe a non-Hindu might not burst crackers in Diwali – as a non-Muslim might not fast during Ramadan, and similarly a non-Christian might not attend a mass, but each and every one will give gifts to their near and dear ones.
So what is it about these festivals, that irrespective of personal religious affiliations, one and sundry forget these differences during the festivals. According to me, the reason for this is 2Gs – no not Sonia G or Rahul G – but Gifting and Gratitude. Every festival teaches us to gift and show gratitude to God as well as to our near and dear ones
“By the power of Grayskull, I have the power”
The mantra used by He-Man to call upon the powers to fight the evil, and the festival mantra of gifting and gratitude bestows upon us the powers to defeat the evil that dwells within us. To give with all our heart and to thank with all our heart is the most difficult of the act and these festivals brings these powers to the fore, even though for a short duration, but it helps to take a step towards becoming a good human being.
As Akash Gautam (Motivator, Trainer & Success Coach) puts it “Everyone is ending up becoming cunning, greedy & only wealthy, and there is too much competition, but you can make a strong statement by being a good human being as there is no competition in it.”
Be it God, Saint or a Leader all made a strong statement by believing in the power of giving and gratitude, and hence if we wish to emulate our idols, we need to learn the powers of Gifting and Gratitude.