In preparing for the Holiday Season, I remember this Native American teaching regarding our children:
“It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb one’s spiritual balance. Therefore, children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.
Ohiyesa, Wahpeton Santee Sioux
As we pause to give thanks to the Creator; as we revel in the excitement of giving gifts to others, and as we receive the blessings of this Season, let us remember the words of Ohiyesa, and “…taste the happiness of giving.” He mentions that we are to give what we prize most, and for most of us, what we prize most is love. Love that is given to us first from the Creator, love that is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, and love that keeps no record of wrongs. “Children must early learn the beauty of generosity.”
May this Season of Giving bring joy and happiness to you and your families.