A few days ago I received a letter from my Compassion sponsor child Ericka. In her letter she wrote -“Christmas time is my favorite season because we give many hugs to each other.”
Ericka didn’t say Christmas time was her favorite season because of what she got for Christmas, she said it was her favorite season because of what they gave to each other… many Hugs.
I give and receive hugs all the time and I never really thought much about the impact of a hug until Ericka’s letter. Her letter has had me thinking about hugs all week and how a hug is something that seems rather small but really is something quite big.
We hug when we’re happy to see one another, we hug when we say hello and goodbye. We hug to say thank you, we hug to say I am sorry or I care. Hugs can be given away in many different forms ranging anywhere from a quick squeeze to holding one another for a long period of time. Nowadays a hug can even be given in an email like this >:D<
A hug shows love and it says “I care about you.” When a hug is given away it can help someone who is having a bad day to begin to have a better day.
A hug is a gift that doesn’t cost us a thing. Hugs are free, and not only are they free but we can give away as many hugs as we want to give away and we will never run out.
In Ericka’s family they give each other many hugs at Christmas time. Her family doesn’t have much money, actually Ericka’s family lives in extreme poverty. She writes further down in her letter that they like to share presents at Christmas. She did not write that they like to ‘get’ presents, she wrote they like to ‘share’ presents. That statement caused me to think even more about the gift of a hug, no matter how little money we have we can always afford to give someone the gift of a hug. In Ericka’s case her letter reads to me that she is happy and very content with what she has. Hugs make her happy and she loves to give them away. Sometimes when I read the letters I receive from my sponsor children it makes me see where true wealth really is. Wealth is not in what we get, it’s in what we give, and sometimes the things that are free are really what is worth the most.
Have you given someone the gift of hug today?
Have a great day!
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