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The best FREE Xmas present around - Free!
The best FREE Xmas present around - Free!

The best FREE Xmas present around - Free!

Thanks to rayman for prompting me to post this:

The Gift of Giving:

It's that time of year again known as Christmas. Whether we're a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu - believer or unbeliever - we probably all welcome a season that's devoted to giving. For that's when humanity is at its best. That's the time we transcend our petty thoughts of self-interest and reach out to others. In the words of Cicero (106 ~ 43 BC),

"In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in doing good to their fellow men."

The good news about the priceless gift I recommend areis that it is affordable by all.


Peace of Mind. Instead of upsetting others with anger, suspicion, or impatience, grant them peace of mind by being understanding and accepting. Drop childish demands, the need to always be right, and the insistence that others live by your rules. When you grant others peace of mind, you will discover your own. For as someone else wrote,

"The road to daily happiness is not hard to find, it's what we do for others that brings us peace of mind."


Forgiveness. This is not only the season for giving, it is also the season for forgiving. Although there are many similar cases, the media carried a story this week of a mother who forgave the man who brutally murdered her daughter. By releasing the rage she felt in her heart, she was able to get on with life and focus on doing good, instead of wishing harm to another. Is there a coworker, relative, or neighbor that you are holding a grudge against? If so, isn't time to forgive and forget? Someone said to me, "I can't forgive my neighbor because she is so rude." But isn't it rude to call one's neighbor rude? So, you see, when we find fault with others, we defile ourselves. We can't cast mud on others without splashing some on us.


Joy, Exuberance. No one likes a complainer. So, rather than whining, start dining at the banquet of life. Start spreading the good news. Spread cheer, not fear. Avoid hanging out with malcontents. It's true that misery loves company, but you don't have to accept their invitation.


Yourself. Give the greatest gift of all, yourself, by serving others. When you do so, you will experience joy. For as the Nobel Prize winner and Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore (1861 ~ 1941), wrote,

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."


Hope. Discouraging words can destroy people and encouraging ones can uplift them. Offer the gift of hope by heeding the words of Albert Schweitzer (1875 ~ 1965),

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." Rekindle the flickering flames of those around you.

And don't neglect yourself, for as Harriet Du Autermont writes,

"No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you're lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high."


Understanding. Try to put yourself in the place of others and understand how they feel. In this regard, George Washington Carver (1864 ~ 1943) offered this advice,

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these."


Friendship. Can you imagine anything more painful than loneliness? To help eliminate it, be a friend. By offering companionship and support, you help make their and your life worthwhile. Or as Amanda Bradley wrote,

"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"

Also worth sharing is Amanda's poem on friendship:

"We may not always realize
That every thing we do,
Affects not only our lives
But touches others, too!
For a little bit of thoughtfulness
That shows someone you care,
Creates a ray of sunshine
For both of you to share.

Yes, every time you offer
Someone a helping hand ...
Every time you show a friend
You care and understand ...
Every time you have
A kind and gentle word to give ...
You help someone find beauty
In this precious life we live.

For happiness brings happiness
And loving ways bring love;
And Giving is the treasure
That contentment is made of."




Comfort. A gentle look, a soft touch, or a warm embrace may be all that is needed to lessen the pain of another. Isn't it amazing how so little effort on our part can change the life of another for the better? Here's sound advice from the Dalai Lama (Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho),

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."


A Smile. A smile puts people at ease. It tells them you are not a threat. It lightens their burdens and raises their hopes. And when it accompanies another gift, the recipient is twice rewarded. Robert Alan put his thoughts on smiling in verse:

"Sometimes just a smile on our face
can help to make this world a better place.
Stand up for the things that are right.
Try to talk things out instead of fight.
Lend a hand when you can,
get involved this is good.
You can help to make a difference
in your neighborhood."


A Chance. One of the great gifts we can offer to another is a chance. If they've gone astray, we can give them the opportunity to make up for their misdeeds and recover from their mistakes. By recognizing that people make mistakes, we give them the courage to change. What better way to make a better world?


The above represent only some of the many gifts we have in our power to give. We can decide on the most appropriate one by asking ourselves, "What is the most loving thing I can do for the person now before me?"

Our gifts don't have to exceptional. Even small ones will do, for as Mother Teresa (1910 ~ 1997) said,

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."

As we go through life dispensing gifts, we discover who we are and who we can become. And with time we will learn that the good we do for us dies with us, but the good we do for others lives on.

I"ll end with a quote from an unknown poet,

"Somebody did a golden deed; Somebody proved a friend in need; Somebody sang a beautiful song; Somebody smiled the whole day long; Somebody thought, 'Tis sweet to live;' Somebody said, 'I'm glad to give;' Somebody fought a valiant fight; Somebody lived to shield the right."

Let that somebody be you.

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27 Comments

Original Poster

Hmm.....thanks for the - votes

Why on earth would people give me bad rep and minus votes for this is beyond me

Hmm, I'm not convinced. What's in it for me?

sindy

Hmm.....thanks for the - votes :(Why on earth would people give me bad … Hmm.....thanks for the - votes :(Why on earth would people give me bad rep and minus votes for this is beyond me



nothing ever surprises me on here sindy, though i just look at it as pure jealousy. I got left negative yesterday for thanking someone for a deal. its a joke, dont worry about it:thumbsup:

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Muwolves

nothing ever surprises me on here sindy, though i just look at it as pure … nothing ever surprises me on here sindy, though i just look at it as pure jealousy. I got left negative yesterday for thanking someone for a deal. its a joke, dont worry about it:thumbsup:



Sorry to hear that....I guess it's a free for all choice and some people just want physical goods for nothing.....I think it's called greed

sindy

Hmm.....thanks for the - votes :(Why on earth would people give me bad … Hmm.....thanks for the - votes :(Why on earth would people give me bad rep and minus votes for this is beyond me



i guess because, despite your undoubtedly good intentions, people see it as being preached at...

and we all seem paranoid about our 'rights' and not being told what to do... :-( well done anyway from me ;-)

Original Poster

dt_matthews

i guess because, despite your undoubtedly good intentions, people see it … i guess because, despite your undoubtedly good intentions, people see it as being preached at...and we all seem paranoid about our 'rights' and not being told what to do... :-( well done anyway from me ;-)



Thanks....For those people who think I'm preaching then I have to point out that This is a free deal only just like the other free deals on the site i.e,
You spend time making an effort for others and you get the same returned.

It's not scientific, religeous or political..........Just decency

Original Poster

Comments on this Post
rated utter shite
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nice 1 .................................muwolves
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Above are the reps i'm getting...Mods please emove my thread, Thanks

Original Poster

Comments on this Post
rated utter shite
N/A
nice 1 .................................muwolves
N/A
Above are the reps i'm getting...Mods please remove my thread, Thanks

Well, I for one think that your post is very thoughtful, this is what Christmas is about - sometimes it's hard to see past the materialistic side of the season, but I think this post helps people see past that, past to what really counts. I tried to leave you good rep, but I don't know if it worked, I'm new to all of this, plus the traffic and slowdown at the moment makes it difficult to do anything on HDUK! Anyway, don't be disheartened by the bad feedback - some people care!

VOTED HOT! :thumbsup:

Yes I voted HOT also....it would be such a better world if the human race could live together in harmony....sorry to say it will probably never happen as we are designed to press the self destruct button..it's just a matter of time....lets hope I've drunk my wine stocks before then ! LOL

sindy

Comments on this Postrated utter shite N/A nice 1 … Comments on this Postrated utter shite N/A nice 1 .................................muwolves N/A Above are the reps i'm getting...Mods please emove my thread, Thanks





:giggle: would you believe it i also got a neg for expressing an opinion on this subject, but as usual no comment. i find it quite amusing that i must of upset someone during the spirit of goodwill:santa: bring it on :roll:

sindy

Hmm.....thanks for the - votes :(Why on earth would people give me bad … Hmm.....thanks for the - votes :(Why on earth would people give me bad rep and minus votes for this is beyond me



Sindy, I did like what you posted, and give you a very positive rep for it, don't let the other miseries get you down (I probably get a negative rep for saying this, but hey who cares, not me)

I wonder who the fools are giving out neg reps to people on here, bleeding lowlifes, ignore the bums.

Oh by the way it seemed to long for me to read so i dont know exactly what is said above, just skim read it.

[SIZE=2]Can you get Quidco on that?[/SIZE]

Whot a bizzar post ( Perhaps its a take it or leave it post )

Original Poster

Thanks all.....x

To be honest I don't like this sort of "preaching" or whatever it is, but i didn't vote and I didn't leave reputation feedback. I just moved-on - each to their own. It's a silly thing to bicker or get upset about.

Sindy,

I think perhaps the point people are making is that they come on this website to share information regarding deals/discounts etc. not to be preached at. No matter if you see this as non-religious/political - it really doesn't matter as it shouldn't really be on a website like this. That's why I go to Church on a Sunday - I don't expect it when I log-on to a website like this.

I am sure you mean well, but there are other websites out there that would embrace your words......

Thanks,
James

Original Poster

jamseybhoy

Sindy,I think perhaps the point people are making is that they come on … Sindy,I think perhaps the point people are making is that they come on this website to share information regarding deals/discounts etc. not to be preached at. No matter if you see this as non-religious/political - it really doesn't matter as it shouldn't really be on a website like this. That's why I go to Church on a Sunday - I don't expect it when I log-on to a website like this.I am sure you mean well, but there are other websites out there that would embrace your words......Thanks,James


Do you mean embrace common decency between our fellow men?.....and show a bit more compassion and tolerence to family and friends.....I really don't think alot of you get this do you??!?!...it's a shame...it really it is!...Its NOT RELIGIOUS...

Jamseybhoy, I completely agree, I understand what your saying sindy but it's a discount/freebie website. People just come on here to get the latest offers really, not to be preached at.

again i havent gave anyone rep for this

at first i assuemed it was a religous post - so i flicked through it
but it doesnt seen religous
each to there own i say sandy baby!

maybe if u dont like what you read in the first few lines move on? how many times do you see a deal that doesnt interest you? do you leave neg feedback for you not being interested? i think if u like it, read it. if not then dont bother. simple as. and if u have a negative opinion on this feel free to share it. dont be a coward and neg rep ppl.

I have left positive rep becos I think sindy meant well, I only read it becos it confused me, I was looking for the voucher code.

Thanks sindy ... completely agree with what you have said :thumbsup:

Lengthy read and could have been better in Misc forum :santa:

We wouldn't normally allow this type of post in the Freebies forum, it is a one off. The Miscellaneous forum would be more appropriate for it as edi says and for discussion of the subject.

However, this was entered in the best gift under £10 competition and is more about conveying the message of the season to everyone.

lol @ sburley

It's good to be reminded of the obvious when we are all busy sorting out our Christmas times.:santa:

Erm.. sorry, I don't know how to vote but you've got :thumbsup: from me.
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