Uncle Andrew’s Log Burner

Our Uncle Andrew had a big birthday this year. He and Auntie Di planned to celebrate with a holiday of a lifetime. This was to include cruises and visiting exotic places on their bucket list. However, like many others, their travel plans were prevented due to COVID-19.

Obviously, they were hugely disappointed. However, they didn’t dwell on what they couldn't have and chose instead to be flexible with their thinking and be generous to others. 

After managing to get most of their deposits back from the trip-that-never-was, they decided to give the money away to their children, nieces and nephews. In Uncle Andrew’s words – “We've decided to turn our disappointment into giving joy to others".

This was a four-figure gift, so needless to say we (the recipients) were blessed! After fleetingly thinking about paying a few bills, we decided instead to invest in something that would ensure we always remembered Uncle Andrew's generosity too. We chose a small log burner for the corner of our lounge, which was something we'd dreamed of for more than 10 years, but which we could never previously afford.

It was fitted a few weeks ago and we are already appreciating the warm glow as we sit listening to the crackling logs whilst reading, listening to music or playing games instead of mindlessly watching the TV!

Uncle Andrew appreciated this gift would be life-giving for us. He also appreciated it will bring us many years of joy, which is probably why he was delighted when we told him.

Although not his intended outcome, Uncle Andrew’s flexible thinking had helped him become more resilient in challenging times, whilst being generous gave him an enormous sense of wellbeing. This, in turn, soothed over the disappointment of not going away. He experienced how it really is more blessed to give, rather than to receive!

There is no doubt we could all benefit from some increased flexible thinking and resilience as we prepare to celebrate Christmas in these challenging times. So, instead of focusing on what we might miss out on this Christmas, I hope that Uncle Andrew might inspire us all to think about being flexible with our thinking and to be generous, with the aim of finishing 2020 well.

How could you turn a Christmas which could be remembered for all the wrong reasons into something that blesses people for years to come?

Please email me at niky@intentionalhealth.uk if you do choose to be more resilient and generous because of Uncle Andrew, as I would love to let him know!

Niky Dix  •  niky@intentionalhealth.uk 

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