Happy Holiday time to you! In the above message I share a bit about the power of connection during this time of year. I have been struck by the quality of connecting with myself and others during this time of year, in particular in connection with the spirit of generosity inherent in this time of year. In the video I share a story about a boy (pictured below) who asks Santa at Blossom for a piano for the second year in a row. I tell of the magical way in which he comes to receive it.
The following is another sweet story of connection that I would like to share. I was recently on my way home when I realized I was running out of gas, yet that I had forgotten my wallet an hour behind me on the road. I still had an hour and a half to get home, with no way to get gas. A man at the gas station overheard me asking the women at the station for assistance and offered to pay my way home, on the condition that I send the money back through the mail in order to help me teach his son a lesson about generosity, and, I am guessing, the potential trust worthiness of people. I participated by asking friends on Facebook to send me cards of thank you or messages of generosity to his son. I then sent off the “care package” to “Jeremy’s son”. The picture along with the letter that I included are below. I share this story as a potential inspiration for more random acts of kindness, and, spontaneous positive expressions of connection in life. Thank you to all who participated!
“Dear Jeremy’s son,
Happy Holidays to you! I am writing to you today because your dad loves you so much that recently, in reaching out to assist me, a perfect stranger, he also wanted to assist you. I suppose that every parent wants their children to learn how to be kind, how to trust in life, and how to create connection in a world that is also full of disconnection. Maybe he wants you to understand, that in many ways in life, you get what you create.
Your dad created a game of connection when he reached out to assist me the other day. I was on my way home from a personal time of rest when I realized that I needed gas for my car. I was feeling great- I had made it an hour drive and I only had an hour and a half more to go to get home. That is when I realized that I had left my wallet with all of my money and credit cards an hour behind me. Your dad asked me what my problem was and I let him know. He handed me 20 dollars to help me to get home. He spent some time pondering this offer and then asked me to send it back to him- as a lesson to you.
I pondered this for awhile during my drive home. You see- I spend a lot of my time in service, and in working to teach children about the power of giving. I have a program where I connect children from a school here in the U.S. with children that I volunteer service for in The Sacred Valley of Peru. These kids in the U.S. do not have very much in the form of possessions- yet I like to assist them to understand that it is not about giving money- even when you give someone a smile you have the power to change their day.
I thought perhaps your dad wanted you to understand this- that you can give something to someone, and it might be simple, but it might really have the power to change their day, and maybe even their life. There are so many different ways to give in life. Right now I have a few programs going in order to do this. At my office I have a big food barrel and people are donating big bags of food for people in my town who don’t have the money right now to buy enough food. I also have registered Combat Veterans that I volunteer for who are healing from the affects of war at a program called “The Pathway Home” with a local toy store so that they can be sure that their children have something to open up for Christmas this year. Annually I volunteer internationally bringing a team of chiropractors to serve in another country- I have done this in El Salvador, Peru, Brazil and India.
You know- you don’t have to give to life. I just find that when you do- your life gets richer. You get to connect with other people. At times in life we will all need a hand. When you give to people, you get to create a special kind of life for yourself- this is a life that feels connected to others and that feels like a world where people are basically kind. People light up when you decide to live in this kind of a world.
This won’t always protect you from negative things happening. Sometimes you might give to someone and they won’t appreciate it. Every person has to find the right way to give for themselves. I can tell you this though- life is really very special. When you take the time to live with generosity, and hope that others will too- your life will light up with positivity. You will have far more experiences of loving goodness than if you chose not to look around and give love and generosity to life.
My desire to be of service has taken me all over the world, it has introduced me and deeply connected me to generous and loving people all over the world that I have had the opportunity to serve for and with, and today it is connecting me to you.
I hope that you have an incredible and loving experience this holiday season. Know this: you are truly and deeply blessed to have a father that is so inspired by his love for you that it makes him want to help a stranger. With this kind of love I am pretty sure you can succeed in just about anything.
I asked my friends to join me in thanking your dad and in sharing a little message of love and hope for you. They also chipped in a few bucks: because here is a truth that I know 100%:
When you give to life, without expectation of reward, you receive far more than you give. It might not always come back from the person you gave to- but it will return.
I leave you with this quote, which I love, from one of the founders of my profession:
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say, or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” -B.J. Palmer
Oh, and also, I am including a documentary that might inspire you.
With Love & Gratitude,
Dr. Rhea Zimmerman”