Diwali, the Indian festival of Lights, is just around the corner and I am sure many of you are getting ready to celebrate it with the usual enthusiam and spirit. Each year during this time, I try to see what I can give instead of what I can expect as gifts.
To most of us Diwali has always been about celebrating all the bounty that is given to us - as businessmen close their books to start a new year or as we paint our homes or buy new clothes, as we say prayers to welcome Laksmi into our houses, it is all about celebrating our abundance and our families. We are a culture rich in spirit and soul and I think Diwali always brings that forth. So this year, in addition to all that is already mentioned, I am planning to do something different, and I hope you will too: Think of one way, one tradition, one small thing you can to do pay your abundance forward. Help out one person who needs something without expecting anything back at all - help a poor person feed themselves for a day, help a child learn to read, help an elderly person by offering to take them where they need to go. It doesnt have to cost you a penny but it should mean something - abundance isnt just about wealth, it is about spirit. How will you share your abundance? Tell me...
So now, here is what I am going to offer my readers - I am giving away one-free phone mentoring session with me (30 mintues) on how to become a food writer or one free, premium-level food writing class (starts October 25th 2010). All you have to do is either post a comment here about how you are paying it forward or send me an email. All the entries received will be added to a magic hat (okay a ziploc bag) and my eleven-year-old will pull out the two winners - one for the phone session and one for the class. The winners will be announced on this site on October 20th.
Information on the classes is available here - http://www.mbhide.typepad.com/my_weblog/classes.html
So in advance, I wish all my readers and friends a very happy and prosperous Diwali. I hope the New Year will bring you all that your heart desires!