“Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back.” – Home Alone
Remember that Christmas in the famous movie ‘’Home Alone’’, when Kevin wished for his family to be back rather than getting presents from Santa? We all crave connection, belonging, and that elusive feeling of “fulfilment,” especially as the year breezes down.
We all indulge in festive feels and delicious feasts and cherish the moments that warm our hearts surrounding our families. But amidst the festive season, a silent longing sometimes steals into our hearts, and we retrospect on our lives. In a world that seems burdened by endless wars and suffering, it becomes increasingly difficult to find solace. It weighs heavy on our hearts as we witness the pain and struggle of many individuals and families.
Each of us discovers our unique paths to serenity and comfort in this hardship-filled world. In that quest for self-reflection, we often come across the concept of letting go and desire to declutter our lives. Some individuals practice minimalism, donating their excess clothes and belongings to those in need. Inspired by Marie Kondo’s wisdom and philosophy of surrounding ourselves with only the things that bring us peace and joy, they seek a peaceful mind through decluttering.
Decluttering isn’t just about your closet; it’s about freeing up space in your life, both physical and emotional. But true minimalism extends beyond the material. It can be through acts of compassion and connection that we may find true purpose. Imagine visiting an elderly neighbor, sharing stories under twinkling lights, and seeing their eyes light up with your presence. Imagine volunteering at a shelter, playing with abandoned puppies, and feeling the unconditional love radiating from their wiggling tails.
It’s not about grand gestures or expensive gifts. It’s about sharing ourselves, our time, our compassion. A hand reaching out, a smile exchanged, a listening ear – these are the presents that genuinely matter. This holiday season, give the gift to reach out to empty hearts. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to a local cause, simply smile at the cashier – every act of kindness ripples outward, creating a wave of change.
To make the holiday season truly special, let us embrace the spirit of giving and reflect on the immense blessings we have been bestowed. As we extend our kindness, compassion, and love to those in need, we discover the transformative power of giving.
At RMSI, we are deeply committed to giving back to our community and making a positive impact on the lives of others.
A few significant moments to cherish include, a winter clothes collection drive that RMSI organized where our employees generously donated warm winter clothing to underprivileged kids. Additionally, some of our team members personally volunteered at a local charity called Refuweegee, providing support and assistance to newcomers in the city of Glasglow. Furthermore, our Hyderabad team organized a meaningful lunch for the children at an orphanage.
These initiatives take only a few moments from our lives but spread warmth, joy, and kindness in the lives of those underprivileged. The Helping Hands initiative at RMSI never ceases to amaze me as it continues to touch lives and make a profound difference in our community.
As Kevin reminds us, sometimes the greatest gifts aren’t wrapped in ribbon.
This year, instead of wishing for “things,” fill someone else’s stocking with a piece of your time or a gesture. Remember, the tiniest spark can ignite the brightest flame. So, let your kindness be the most beautiful ornament on the Christmas wishing tree.
Let’s look at a few excerpts from our colleagues –
The warmth and community spirit there is incredible. The team at Refuweegee is doing remarkable work, not only in providing essential items for refugees and asylum seekers but also in fostering a sense of belonging and community. Aagam Shah
It’s heartening to see the tangible impact small acts of kindness can have on the lives of refugees. I strongly encourage others to join in supporting organizations like Refuweegee, either through volunteering time or donating, as these efforts, no matter how small, can bring warmth and hope to those who need it most. – Diana Savchuk
Every Diwali we distribute sweets to old age homes. It makes me happy. We also share good wishes and hope to brighten their day. By seeing us “residents” also get excited and feel the festival vibes. The way they gave us blessings, there love, and smiles is priceless. – Neha Rekhadi
The zestful spirit among families, friends, and close ones, are again relished for the winter season and festivities. The festive breeze acknowledges happiness, inclusivity, generosity, and spreading smiles to those around us and those who crave a sense of belongingness. Let’s be the one for them and shower them with happiness that shimmers their lives and eliminates despair. – Frank Luis Roberts
Only by giving you are able to receive more than you already have as we too often underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of sharing, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Tarun Arora
Embracing the spirit of giving this winter! As a dog lover and parent, I’m trying my best to ensure our furry friends stay cozy in the cold. Let’s join hands and make this winter warmer for our loyal canine companions ensuring every tail wags through the chilly season!! Let’s wrap them with love!! – Abhishek Kumar
My parents have always instilled in me the concept of helping others, especially the underprivileged. Ever since I was born, my parents, on my birthday, used to take me to visit an orphanage. There we used to donate some clothes, and some samosas and used to cut my cake. We even used to donate some ration items for them to eat. Even today, on my birthdays, I religiously follow the same tradition. I hope that, in this way, I will help to make their day bring smiles to their faces, and give them a reason to believe in the kindness and goodness of others. – Vaishnavi Kapoor
We find joy in the little moments of daily life. Acts of kindness, cultivating gratitude, giving something to someone or a small compliment goes a long way and can bring joy to both the giver and the receiver. Generosity is contagious, let’s do our bit to make this world a better place to live in. – Nandini Purkayastha
For me, the joy of giving manifests through donating food and warm winter clothing items to local shelters. This act nourishes those in need and spreads warmth through acts of kindness. – Hasan Abbas Rizvi