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What's gifts do you want to give?

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"Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, then a ha'penny will do. If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!"

Christmas is coming once again. Do you celebrate it? What gifts do you plan to give?

For job hunters reading this column, you may be thinking, Gifts? Who has the money to buy gifts?

Let me suggest a different approach. One that doesn't cost a penny. Not even a ha'penny. This approach is the Gift of Yourself.

When I was a kid, my list was filled with things I wanted to have. Now my list is mostly things I want to give.

This Christmas, there are just a few gifts that I would like to give to the world:

First, I would like to give Peace. Peace of mind to those who are worried about tomorrow. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, my prayer this Christmas is, Make me a channel of your peace.

Second, I would like to give Prosperity, especially to those in poverty, and those who are poor in spirit. My prayer this Christmas is for full employment for all who want to work.

Third, I would like to give Love. Love means brotherhood and sisterhood, joining hands across divides. My prayer this Christmas is that we will unite in solidarity, committing to the common welfare of all.

If we can work together to lift up the weak, the poor, and the struggling, we can make this world a beautiful place.

May God bless you and yours this Christmas!

Posted by Terrence Seamon on December 14, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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