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   Posted 11/25/2010 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
My family has already gotten the best possible Christmas gift.

My wife works as a telephone operator in the company's message center and for the better part of the past year they have been in the process of closing operator service's. about 6 months ago they gave out the official notice required by law so that meant they could tell the employees at any time they no longer had a job. One heck of a cloud to live under for so long, especially given the economy and unemployment rates.

Well just a few days ago she learned that operator service's had been bought and that everyone currently employed will get to keep their jobs with no loss of pay, seniority or anything. She also learned that the old company is giving all full time employees a pretty big bonus check. (The reason for the bonus is to keep anyone from bumping someone else in the company with lower company seniority from their job.) Needless to say this is one huge load off of our backs.

Before learning of the bonus money Christmas around here was going to be pretty tight, but now we will be able to make it a really nice on for our son and our niece and that is only with part of the bonus.

My wife and I were talking about all this and started talking about all the people who were a lot less fortunate than we are and she mentioned one of her friends as an example. A young woman in her mid 20's, divorced and trying to raise 3 kids while going to school to become a nurse. While she is able to keep up with the basics (food, shelter, etc) she doesn't have much for anything extra so I told my wife that we should go and get those kids a gift card each from Wal Mart so they could go and buy themselves something special. While it is not much, $25 each, it is a lot to those who do not have much at all.

My wife of course could not hold it in until we got the cards and told her friend who insisted she was going to pay us back. When my wife told me this I told her to tell her friend to pay it forward instead. To help someone out who was less fortunate than her like buy a kid a present at Christmas sometime or buy a needy family some food or whatever and tell them when they are back on their feet to pay it forward too.

I am a firm believer in "What goes around comes around". If you put good things into the world then you will get good things in return. If you put negative things out there you will get negative back. What you get back may not be what you expect but that doesn't matter. What matters is that you gave something positive and that you made the world a little better.

It doesn't matter what a person gives. It doesn't have to be money or physical gifts. It can be something as simple as holding a door open for someone or giving them a tissue when they sneeze if you have one handy or making silly faces at the kid in front of you in the checkout line who is a little grumpy and getting them to laugh. All that matters is the giving of something positive.

I know this is long, but I hope it brightens your day a little and brings at least a small smile to your face, and if it does then pay it forward and make someone else smile just a little bit.

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   Posted 11/25/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Very well said Jim. I also believe in the same philosophy. I don't believe in giving to scammers who live off of others, but I honestly believe that giving to someone when you feel compelled (for no reason) is the way for me. I did that for my birthday two years ago....gave $20.00 to somebody I barely know who's husband has liver failure. The lady had rarely even spoken to me and was working at a local goodwill. She was so scared to take the money because she didn't want her boss to find out....and she never did. It was my birthday present to me. It made both of us cry, which sounds so stupid for $20.00, but I have felt better every time I've seen her since and she speaks to me now with a good morning or a simple hello. I don't tell this for an atta-boy, but to say that I received way more than I gave. I gave $20.00. I received so many good feelings that I can never express it. I still do things like this once in a while, but not often, and I always feel better when I can help somebody else just a little.

It's amazing what a small thing will do for others and how it can change a life for the better.

Great post Jim
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   Posted 11/26/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 11/26/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
            So beautiful to hear stories like this.
               I have someone special already picked out to help for the Xmas season
             and will also pick a child's name tag off the xmas tree at Metro to buy a gift for.
               It makes me feel so good to help someone in need.
                 Thanks for sharing Jim.
                      We should have a thread where everyone can share their beautiful stories over the holiday

One day at a time!!

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   Posted 11/26/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   


  Dear Jim,

    Oh you and your family have needed a break for a long time! I am so glad you finally got some good news! What a wonderful way to give back to your community too. You just made my day!

     *warm hugg*

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 11/26/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
   Awesome Jim , just awesome !!!  God bless you and your family , have a wonderful holiday !!! Mikel
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