the gifts of giving

I saw a homeless man today, outside of a department store. There was a big sign advertising their sales and it read “GIVE THE GIFT OF GIVING”, and ironically this chap was sleeping underneath it. It kind of caught me, the juxtaposition of that.

‘Give the gift of giving’.

What does that mean? Christmas has grown into just lots of rushing and lots of spending, and that’s sad. This is the time of year when we are supposed to be looking out for our fellow men. It’s not about just family, it’s about being human and feeling connected. I wonder what that means in today’s world. It seems like Christmas has become an extension of Capitalism.

It was rather cold today and I decided to walk a lot, clear my head. I’ve been working a story out in my noggin that I’ve grown inspired to write. Sadly the thing that was inspiring me just came to an end, and without the closure I need to work out the story with, I’m screwed. So I decided to take off and go somewhere new and fresh. We’ll see how it pans out. Also, I’m hoping to feel that good ol’ Christmas spirit. It hasn’t hit me yet and I wonder if it will before the clock strikes 12 on Christmas Eve.

What do you guys think? What are you up to early this season?


Published in: on December 9, 2010 at 6:02 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. Hey Heck,

    I thought u had retired your blog. It’s good 2 see “I’m Listening” is still ongoing.

    As 4 the ho-ho-holiday season, I’m a bit on the fence.
    I haven’t since a kid ever really been n2 the Xmassy type deal. Couple that w/ recently becoming unemployed
    and its sometimes a wonder how I haven’t found any re-enforced garland 2 hang myself w/.

    Ultimately I try 2 go w/ the mindset of; That which doesn’t kill us…only makes us stronger, ya know?

    btw…nice choice of music. A ladyfriend of mine used this piece as her walking down the ailse wedding piece. That aside, this is probably one of my fave pirces of music, period…regardless of genre.

    Good touching base w/ u again, Heck


    • Thank you for continuing to read, Phil!

      I’m going to try and post here more often, it’s one of my many New Year’s Resolutions. Hopefully, you’ll continue to visit!

      Sorry to hear that you’re unemployed, I know what that’s like. It’s terrible at any time, but magnified tenfold around the holiday season.

      I hope things get better your way, mate. Here’s hoping 2011 is a “Brighter Day” for us all.


  2. Hey Heck, I realize that this response is arriving a little late, but i did finally end up learning how to play ‘Canon in D’ on the guitar. My mom and the rest of the fam seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, which made my Christmas experience that much better. But I was brought back to soul crushing reality the following day while boxing day shopping with the Mrs. :/

    • Great news, Pobra! Glad they liked it, it’s such a great tune. After our correspondence about the melody, I thought it would make a great addition to this post.

      Everything okay?


      • oh yeah, everything is good. I was just a little disheartened by the ravenous consumerism that was on display while fighting through crowds on boxing day.

        Dude, you really should post more often. You have quite a knack for the written word.
        (And thanks for checking out my comic!)

      • Oh, I hear you there. It’s a shame how terrible our whole society is. I would think that things would be better you’re way, Canada looks nicer to me everyday. I guess commercialism has no borders.

        Thanks man! I’m glad you like my stuff, I’m hoping to start a more scheduled set of posts. I need to get on that. (And not a problem, you have some good fun there!)

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