Written by: Yasmine Luhandjula

I believe that December is about hope, faith, showing appreciation and helping those in need. This manifests through giving, gifting, gratitude and generosity (G4), which is our theme for this month.

As a general rule, the G4 is what we do to show kindness to others and ourselves. And although the G4 generally seem synonymous or interchangeable, I have an opinion suggesting how they differ. From my experience, when I give my time, money, labour and extraordinary effort to someone or something that I genuinely care about, it cultivates love and kindness within me. That same love and kindness is what sustains my ability to give more generously and to embody a sense of gratitude in everything that I do.

On a personal note, giving and gifting played a massive role in boosting my self-esteem, destroying that “people pleasing” mentality, and helped me realise my self-worth. For me, I can confidently say that giving and gifting has become some of heights forms of self-care. Going beyond ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones to serve others, to give to others has benefited me in more ways than I can ever imagine. From my experience, giving and gifting is meant to be a magical experience for both the recipient and the giver. So, when I give, I am reminded that showing kindness to others is a radical act of showing kindness to myself, and that is how the G4 resonates with me. How does it resonate with you? How can you make a difference this season of giving and gifting? How can your act of kindness change your life, and how do you want it to change the recipient’s life?

As we enter the month of December, join me as we inspire others and ourselves to show kindness through generous gifts. This can be done in any manner. For instance, you can choose to gift a family member a tangible gift, or you can give them an abstract and intangible gift such as your time, skill or talent – the giving and gifting list is endless. You can choose what works for you, and you can attach a personal intention to that choice.

As mentioned earlier, December is about hope, faith, showing appreciation and helping those in need. I am very well aware that December may also be challenging for many, where in addition to everything else that may be challenging, the G4 may also seems far from reach. This is either because some people feel as though they are in no position to give, while others may feel as though they are not worthy of receiving gifts. If you fall within this category, I would like to tell you that you are not alone. You are seen, you are heard, you are loved, and you are worthy. The same way the G4 contributed significantly towards transforming my mentaility is the same way I believe it can transform you too. I believe that giving, gifting, gratitude and generosity (G4) are superpowers that we all have, it is our birthright and cannot be taken away.