Happy Boxing Day


Happy Boxing Day.

The power of giving is vital to our health and well being.  Boxing Day is a good time to review the importance of this thought.

Life can be as imbalanced by too much receiving as too much giving.

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Learning to give early.

Boxing Day comes one day after Catholic Christmas holiday, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year.

Boxing Day is celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. In other countries, this holiday exists as well but may be called by different names,  such as “Second Day of Christmas.”  In Canada… like in the USA Christmas Eve was a holiday for some North Americans… welcome back to work.

However our British readers are enjoying a holiday today. “Happy Boxing Day to you.”

Boxing Day is a good one to celebrate as it evolved into a day about giving to the poor.

The UK celebration began back in Victorian England, for the day after Christmas, when the rich would box gifts and give them to the poor. The Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas, sings about giving these gifts such as flesh, wine, and pine logs.

This part of the holiday season is taken seriously in Ecuador as well… a serious time for devotion and giving.

Thus it seems appropriate to share some thoughts today on giving and mention what the elderly of this village above in Ecuador have done with the gifts of the Land of the Sun Foundation.

When the foundation began, the plan was to give to the poor. We found that this did not work so well. Just giving money often lacks success as evidenced in the innumerable examples of native American Indian communities.

After perhaps causing more harm than good by just giving (the highway to purgatory is paved with good intentions), he foundation on creating jobs and helping children get better educations.  Wow, what a gift…for us…because these people are so grateful….also there are some villages that are filled with elders who have no means of support and are always incredibly grateful for all.

One of the foundation’s  first steps into this arena was to buy Meson de las Flores, a small Inn in the wonderful village of Cotacachi from a foreclosure situation. The Inn was renamed “Inn Land of the Sun” the staff was beefed up and given something they had never probably felt…loose reins. Wow, did they ever respond.

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More importantly these wonderful people have blossomed in the art of giving care.  This is why we support an annual joint effort by the Cotacachi church (next door) and Inn Land of the Sun.

Donations buy supplies and members of the church and the Inn meet and put together 600 gift packages for the less fortunate in the Province.

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Padres and Franklin Sandoval Manager of Inn Land of the Sun.

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The Inn’s staff and family go to work preparing the packages to…

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distribute to those who would have nothing during this season.

Long ago (and this has been confirmed again and again) Merri and I realized that our role during this stage of life acted as a bridge between the condor of the south and the eagle of the north. The condors, the indigenous societies, live too much in their hearts. We eagles, in our technological revolution, live too much in our minds.

We thought our great pleasure would come from bringing more material affluence to our friends in the south. This has been a joy also but here is the surprise. We may have gained more by bringing the richness of the Condor to our many friends in the north!  Today perhaps the gifts that are boxed are for the wealthy folks up north who might be lacking in happiness and joy.

All this came from just a little initial giving.  Now our friends, neighbors and the staff at Inn Land of the Sun can also now really give. They truly care about you… and send  their welcome to come and be served and fussed over in the Land of the Sun.

The entire staff, Merri and I send our hopes for a truly happy Boxing Day and that your boxes are always filled with love, kindness and beauty.

Gary

Enjoy Inn Land of the Sun on one of the tours below that are centered around the Inn this winter.


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