Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The gifts of Laughter, Dreams and Giving

Today we are going to go through 3 gifts in one post again. Chapters 9-11 are the gifts of Laughter, Dreams and Giving. I hope you haven't gotten too tired of the repeating aspects of the book. Bare with me! Here we go!

"Laughter is good medicine for the soul. Our world is desperately in need of more medicine" Chapter 9 part of the Ultimate Gift is the gift of laughter. Red asks Jason to find someone as an example with the ability to laugh at themselves and their situation and that can be happy through life regardless. Jason brings in Mr. David Reese, a blind man who finds humor in everything. Mr. Reese and Jason met on a train one day and David taught Jason what it means to laugh whatever the problem in your life, even a life long blindness. Mr. Reese tells Mr. Hamilton before he leaves something that would do us all good to remember, "Sometimes in life, you either laugh or cry. And I prefer to laugh." Jason passes this month and moves on to the next.

"Faith is all that dreamers need to see into the future." Chapter 10, The gift of dreams. Red tells Jason he wants to teach him about the gift of dreams because he feels it is probably one of the most important gifts. He tells him,"The gift of dreams allows us to go out and get any other gift we want out of this life." He wants Jason to make a list this month of dreams and prioritize that list and see what he is passionate about, he wants Jason to become a dreamer. At the end of the month Jason came to visit the attorney's office and he shared his big dream. "Somehow, some way, I would like to be able to help deprived young people live a good life. I don't really mean poor young people. I mean young people who have not learned the power and the passion and the values that they can have which will make their lives worth living. Somehow I am going to do for other young people what my Uncle Red is doing for me." After reading that.. I think we all know he passed this month!

"The only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself is to give part of yourself away." Chapter eleven and last chapter we will go over today is The gift of giving. Red starts by telling Jason the following," Conventional wisdom would say that the less you give, the more you have. The converse is true. The more you give, the more you have. Abundance creates the ability to give; giving creates more abundance. I don't mean this simply in financial terms. This principal is true in every area of your life." Jason gives something of himself for 30 days straight, something Red could not have already provided him with. I won't go through and list each one but each day involved the gift of himself doing something for someone else. Jason succeeded and learned what all can truly be given to another person, large and small. The chapter ends with Mr. Hamilton's thoughts, "I was reminded of how a small gift when it is given can be a magnificent gift as it is received."

We are almost done and to our next meeting, only a few more gifts left! I hope you are blessed by them! Happy Reading!

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