It's the new year and time to start thinking about how we'll be better people this year vs. last. Over the weekend, Louie Anderson, one of my favorite comedians ever was on "Celebrity Ghost Stories" -- his "ghost" story was about the divine visitation of his mother after her death (and before the phone call that she'd died.) It was a lovely story and such a tribute to this woman he obviously loved with his whole heart.
Louie was the 10th of 11 kids and his father was an alcoholic. To honor his mother, he used to host a "dry" New Years' Show. I never realized how New Years could really be a tipping point for recovering alcoholics and their families. What an awesome gift to give people a night of clean fun without alcohol. Because I don't drink, I never even realized when I saw him perform, it wasn't in a bar.
That's obviously a bigger deal for someone in standup comedy, but it really is giving back to the world in an incredible way. I think sometimes we don't think much of our gifts because we do them naturally, out of reverence. But I bet if you search your life right now, you'll find something that YOU give the world that you take for granted.