Turn Around Tuesday

Turn Around Tuesday

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”-Sir Winston Churchill, (1874-1965)

I hope everybody has had all the good food one can handle. Here’s also hoping the leftovers are just as good in your house as they are in mine. My mom still cooks the majority of our holiday meals. Those leftovers are wonderful.

We always have leftovers because Mom cooks for two armies – the one we know is coming and the one that might. Lucky for her, she has two refrigerators and a deep freezer. But we don’t usually have that many leftovers, being from the South and all.

I say from the South because I don’t know how they do it in the rest of the country. But down here, everybody goes home with a plate – either for yourself or somebody you know that couldn’t make it. Many times it’s both.

The end of Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of Christmas. A season of gratitude followed by a season of generosity – what a wonderful tandem. I hadn’t thought of it until recently, but what better symbol of this time of year than the giving of leftovers.

The Christmas season can be chocked full of anxiety – business, personal, physical, financial, emotional – everything seems to be happening faster with a great urgency and significance.

Today I want to encourage you to remember that generosity provides the best stress reliever if we remember its true characteristics. It expects nothing, it can cost nothing, it can be just a little something, it can be a huge thing, and it is always born in your heart.

Talking about Toastmasters

While I was in the Navy, I had the unique opportunity to serve a tour as an electronics technician instructor. It was a wonderful assignment that involved a lot of standing up in front of people all the time. Did you know that is one of the biggest fears most people have?

Then I heard about Toastmasters – an international nonprofit that meets in groups to form a place where people can learn, support, and grow in the area of public speaking.

We are looking at starting one in Richmond Hill. Any takers?


  1. Lyman from Creating a Better Life says:

    Thanks for the reminder about generosity this morning, April. And I loved your segue from Thanksgiving to Christmas. In the past, I’ve always been a bit of Grinch (ok, more than a bit) about Christmas – I always saw the greed, the commercialism, the people stampeding over one another to get a good deal on a DVD player. This post of yours will make it easier to see it as a holiday of giving.

  2. If my faith has taught me anything, it’s that when I’m paid it’s only because of His grace- it wasn’t my money to begin with. Keeping that in mind, giving up money is actually very easy, I promise! 🙂

    PS: CRAZY- I’m considering joining the local Toastmasters… weird timing, April!

  3. Lyman, I love it when people correctly spell the word “segue.” 🙂

    I am glad I can pass on some Christmas spirit. I get kinda Grinchy too. Much of it feels like work to me and I have to be careful to remember that it is not supposed to be that way.

  4. Lani – Ah the “coincidences” of BBFs 😉

    Your reminder on faith based generosity is a good one. I am glad you added it.

  5. Lyman from Creating a Better Life says:

    LOL, April… after I posted the comment, I looked at that and said to myself “Aww, man… did I spell that right???” Thanks for the confirmation! 🙂

  6. Lyman – Glad to be able to put your mind at ease 🙂

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