“We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill
Independent and rebellious with a poor academic record, a noted statesman and orator despite a speech impediment, a well regarded historian, writer and artist, Sir Winston Churchill was arguably one of the most influential leaders of the last century. He was the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.
His quote above defined his view of life. For over 70 years he served, led and fought for his country. His steadfast refusal to consider defeat, surrender or compromise, and his carefully chosen words delivered in speeches and radio broadcasts helped inspire British resistance when standing alone in their active opposition to Adolf Hitler. He gave people hope, inspiration and courage, priceless gifts during difficult times.
Let us also be inspired by Churchill’s words. This holiday season as we consider what to give, let us be reminded that the gift of words, written, spoken, or broadcast; words of appreciation, admiration, affection, respect, gratitude, forgiveness and love can fill an empty heart and ignite the human spirit.
Many of us find ourselves stressed when we consider what to “get” for those we care about during the holidays, when all that really matters is that we “give” something of ourselves.
We’ve worked all year to make a living. Here’s to a season of making a life.
Wishing you and yours love and light this season of giving.
Chairman Emeritus, Creator and Curator