[December 12, 2023 – Blog] While I am the first to be delighted with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a talented florist, it is also gratifying to make an arrangement out of something from your own backyard. The photo above shows a creative assortment of native Hill Country plants nestled in cedar and antlers. I found all of this while walking around the ranch, and the best part is, I didn’t spend a dime on it.
I was talking to my good friend and University of Texas Board of Regents member, Jodie Jiles. With a big smile on his face he said, “My mama always said it doesn’t cost anything to be nice.” How true.
During the holidays, we frequently go beyond our budget to buy more gifts than necessary, when some of the best things you can do for your loved ones are absolutely free. Going above and beyond to be nice to others will make them feel good and you even better.
My mother had a knack of showing kindness and bestowing niceties on so many people. I was always amazed when she said she was too busy running errands to see me. Dottie’s “errands”—sometimes just days before Christmas—included delivering dozens of donuts to the folks who helped her throughout the year. From gas station attendants, the dry cleaners and friendly faces at our local post office—the donuts didn’t cost much, but it was her sincere gratitude and joy on her face that they appreciated beyond measure. And you can bet that she got excellent customer service in return, especially at the gas station, where many years ago, the attendants would fill up your gas tank, check your oil and tire pressure and clean your windshield. Remember those days when it wasn’t all self-serve?!
In this season of giving, buy something unique and special for those on your list, but also find ways to be nice to someone who least expects it. It won’t cost you anything but could gain you everything.
‘Cause Santa knows who’s been naughty and nice…
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