A story about sharing your gifts with the world.
Rudy the Robin loved waking up the Smith family each morning with his beautiful voice. But one morning shortly before Christmas, the family left! Whatever was he going to do for Christmas?
Like clockwork, Rudy would perch on the branch of the Smiths’ large oak tree nearest to the upstairs windows. Once there, he would sing beautiful choruses.
And, like clockwork, each member of the family would come to their window and say, "Good morning, Rudy! Thanks, as usual, for the lovely wakeup call."
Whether rain or shine, he would make the sacrifice to go and sing for them because he realized it made them happy. It also made him feel good to be able to share love with his voice.
One morning, Rudy saw that the Smiths were awake even before he showed up, and were busy loading up the car.
"Oh, morning, Rudy," said Peter Smith as he looked up and saw him. "We're heading off to Austria for the Christmas holidays. See you when we get back!"
Rudy flew away disappointed. He wondered how he would manage for the entire Christmas season without sharing his musical love with the Smiths.
Then he thought, "Wait a minute. I share my voice because it makes others happy." He then declared, "There must be another family around here that would enjoy hearing me sing to them each morning."
With that, he set off down the block and found another home with a tall oak tree. He perched and immediately started singing. Shortly after, a little girl opened a window and shrieked, "Look, Mum! A Christmas Robin, just like I wanted!"
When Rudy saw that, he felt fulfilled. He realised that once he had his gift of singing and love to share, his duty was to share that with anyone he came across. And even though he had a special place in his heart for the Smiths, he was happy singing for anyone who needed that gift.
Moral: Sharing love and our natural gifts unconditionally is the best gift we can bestow on others. Whether it's time, our skills, our humour, our talents, anything we do out of love for others without expectation is the greatest Christmas gift. Whether we are rich or poor we all have these type of gifts to share.
During this Christmas Season , making a special effort to share the gift of ourselves with others goes a long way and is the best gift we can bestow on the world.