Day of Goodwill, 26 December, South Africa - What is goodwill?

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Instead of Boxing Day, 26 December is known as the Day of Goodwill in South Africa. This is one of the many changes that were made by the South African government after the demolishment of Apartheid in 1994.

Day of Goodwill is the day for giving, and especially to the less fortunate.

This is, of course, exactly the definition of Boxing Day. "On December 25 you have given love, food, drinks and gifts to each other, you went to the limit, filling your heart, soul and body, and now what about those who are not as fortunate as you? On December 26 you should 'box' everything you don't need and give it away..."

South Africa merely renamed the day to define its purpose.

Boxing Day versus Day of Goodwill defined by B.Leekley
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Giving to the poor is associated with material matters such as money, clothes, food, etcetera.

But giving these matters away is not necessary an act of goodwill. Most of the time we give away what we no longer need, or we give in order to kill our guilt, or just to feel better as giving indeed makes us happy.

Giving only becomes an act of goodwill when we do it with compassion - with that deep awareness of, and sympathy for, another's suffering and that sincere wanting to do something about it.

True Goodwill

When goodwill is an act of compassion, we conquer our selfish human nature - that instinctive, primordial human nature that urges us to first take care of ourselves before considering the needs of others.

  • Goodwill inspires us to give the things we still want away in order to fulfill the need of someone else.
  • Goodwill is killing that greedy monster in us that makes us want more and more of what we have enough of.

How do we know the difference between 'want' and 'need'?

Easy! The purpose of the things we need is to survive, while the purpose of the things we want is to survive in style and comfort.

On the Day of Goodwill, we distinguish between our needs and wants, and we fulfill the needs of others. We do this with an attitude of love and charity and NOT only because we want to create space for more of our wants.

The Day of Goodwill is therefor a challenge we have to meet and not simply a day for cleaning up after Christmas.

Unlike giving a gift, which is a one-time or one-at-a-time action, goodwill is an abiding attitude of generous thoughts toward and for others, which obviously must evolve to fit ever-changing real-life situations. So the good will must find its ways to apply to those situations without losing its essential definition. It never is 'done' and never 'uses up'.

— Nellieanna Hay

Goodwill should not be self-serving.

— shanmarie

Relevant quotes about Goodwill

  • You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give ~ Kahlil Gibran ”
  • No one has ever become poor by giving. ~ Anne Frank.
  • Give what you have to somebody; it may be better than you think. ~ Henry W. Longfellow.
  • Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. ~ Mother Teresa
  • When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous. ~ Wayne Dyer

© Martie Coetser

Published: 26 December 2010


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jandee 6 years ago

This is surely the best hub yet!


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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

beautiful and inspiring Martie God Bless

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

*** jandee – Your inspiring comment is much appreciated.

*** vietnamvet68 – Thanks, my dear friend. His blessings to you too.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

This hub is beautiful, inspiring, elegant and classy.

Like you, Martie, like you!

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

drbj – thank you, Ma’am. I feel honored to have a wise lady and accomplished intellectual like you as a friend. Your comments means a lot to me.

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richtwf 6 years ago

A truly wonderful message filled with beautiful and inspiring thoughts aplenty!

God bless you Martie.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

richtwf – Thanks for understanding the importance of goodwill with me. I truly believe this world will be a haven if each and every one has a disposition to kindness and compassion. But of cause this is only wishful thinking. Thanks for coming by. Enjoy this last few days of 2010.

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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

This is a beautiful Hub, and so glad a day dedicated to the focus of one man knocking another to the ground, was converted to a day of goodwill. Thanks for giving props to the less fortunate. :0)

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this is lovely, I never knew that your country had changed it to this day, giving is a wonderful thing if it comes from the soul and heart, a great new year to you, Martie, take care nell

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Wonderful, inspiring hub. Giving is such a wonderful thing to do and you wrote a beautiful hub. Rated up.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

*** LillyGrillzit – Fear of poverty is one of our primary fears. In cooperation with greed it can turn people into unscrupulous beings, knocking others to the ground as far as they move up to that ultimate level of comfort and luxury. And so many never get that doomed day scheduled for dogs. May 2011 contains only prosperity for you and your loved-ones.

*** Nell Rose – Don’t feel bad, even I can’t keep track of all the changes they make. I wish you only the best for 2011, and don't forget how special you are for me and many others in Hubland.

*** Pamela99 – you must be a very gentle and motherly person, for you provoked – and not for the first time - a specific emotion in me – the one you get when you’re upset and your mother comforts you with a loving hug and you think: “Wonderful to know I’m being loved by the most important woman in my life.” May 2011 be one of your best years ever, my friend.

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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

In my observation, the entire world could use a lot more true 'good will' but in too many nations greed wins out, it becomes an us against them mentality, a survival of the fittest mentality has been allowed to rule, with the help of marketers who wish to sell us something, and they have become the merchants of greed. Great hub.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

BobbiRant – The IQ of a crowd equals the IQ of the individual with the lowest IQ. That is why I know I will not live long enough to see any progress in the mentality of crowds/nations. Too many people in this world are mentally and emotionally still like babies and toddlers. Perhaps this is the limitation of Homo sapiens. Free spirits, who live like eagles on the highest rocky ridges, looking down on the crowds of this world, seeing what the individuals in the crowds cannot see, will always be the minority. Bobby, may 2011 be one of your best years. Thanks so much for you thought-provoking comment.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Oh my dear dear friend, I can hear your passion in this hub, the message was very clear and appricated. This is the true gift of kindness, love and support. Somehow we must all do this for each other, all the time, I wish you the best New Year and let's do more for awareness. Love this hub and your fan and friend, peace & love darski rate up

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. You made this so beautiful, lots of spiritual side. Thank you very much. I give my vote to you.

Blessing and hugs,

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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

I love your association with the divine flame of intelligence. Inspiring!

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

*** Darlene Sabella – I believe we are practicing goodwill to each other all the time. We are feeding each other’s hungry (for knowledge and wisdom) souls, we are healing each other’s wounds, we burn haunting skeletons in each other’s closets to ashes, oh I can continue for a long time with this. Honestly, darski, I experience only goodwill from all of you. May 2011 be a year filled with delighting surprises just for you.

*** prasetio30 – my dear friend, I’m so glad you found this hub inspiring. I am sure you are practicing only goodwill everyday of your life. May all your wishes come true in 2011.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

chspublish – I love that phrase. It was one of those surprise productions of the brain. Did you ever experience this: Out of the blue you say something extremely well, and you look up and ask: “Who put the words in my mouth?” Lol! I just love words. May you have a most prosperous 2011.

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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Beautiful hub and such a powerful and inspiring message. Thanks for sharing this hub and may you have a wonderful 2011 as well.

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epigramman 6 years ago

...thank you so much for this education and that lovely photograph - what I always admire about you is how you promote goodwill in your hubs and that makes you a true humanitarian in my humble book and a gift to all of us here at the Hub to be able to know you!

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

"...that men should do to you, do ye even so to them" is one of the quotes that leaves me unable to break free of those I try to help. How does a person honor the goodwill principal of altruism and maintain their own life through assertiveness? My biggest problem is the boundary between the two and I continue to struggle with my conscience. Beautiful, spiritual, idealistic, inspiring writing, Martie, and a topic everyone should explore within themselves. Thank you

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

*** rpalulis – Thank you for coming over. I wish you all of the best for 2011 and many opportunities to practice goodwill. A Smile from a stranger is often all somebody need to cope with a crisis.

*** epigramman – thank you so much for your kind words. It is my privilege to know all of you. My wish for you out of my heart is only prosperity for 2011. May no adversaries whatsoever deprives you from peace and joy.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Amy Becherer – I thought about you and your neighbor a lot since you’ve published that hub about her, and I was waiting for an opportunity to remind you of your own passionate altruistic nature. You will not be happy if you ignore that woman. You will blame yourself forever if she dies and leave you with the idea that you did not give her everything you were able to give. I would like to suggest that you tell her nicely what you are willing and able to do for her, and if she wants more, you can help her find someone who can give it to her. She may not put you in a position where you have to struggle with negative thoughts about loving your neighbor as you love yourself. The practicing of this goodwill is supposed to fill us with joy, and not anger and guilt. I appreciate your friendship very much, Amy, and I wish you all of the very best for 2011.

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thank you, Marti. As you know, your beautiful work speaks to me. I hoped you would see, and I now know that you do, the dichotomy in my struggle with my conscience in "living my life" at the expense of any other person. I find it impossible. And, despite my agony over this issue, there are good moments that leave me feeling better for doing the right thing. But, as you say, alone it is too consuming and I see some progress in her willingness to help me, help her. I am so grateful for those like you in the world, because only in understanding is there a chance for change. Love you, my friend.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Amy Becherer – you are on the right track. You are able to understand yourself – your thoughts and actions - and you can write them down and analyze them on your computer screen. We are only supporting you while you are feeling (in the darkness of the future) the right place on the track for your next step. I’m proud to be your friend. You are not a looser. Hugs for you, Amy!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Buttons are danced on! I love you Martie! This is so excellent! I sure love this hub! Great work my Dear! God bless you!

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello Martie, your Goodwill hub' kinda'hit me between the eyes,just this morning,i put six electric blankets in the Helping Hand container,now, did i give them because i wanted to get rid of them,yes,did i give them because i wanted to give to the needy,yes,but your point is well taken.The bad thing is i've had them in a closet for years,when i moved this summer,i thought, what in the world am i keeping these for,my point being,we have to become more aware and thank God ,i have.Articles like this helps us to become more aware.Thank you Martie.I love you and your heart.

God Bless.

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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

Just beautiful. I had goosebumps reading this hub. I find that i'm slowly falling in love with you and your beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing.

PS: This is definitely one for the KT awards 2011.

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

You absolutely do have a beautiful soul and I always appreciate and love your words. Thank you.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

*** Micky Dee – I am truly happy because you love this one. You have such a kind heart. I’m sending you a big hug with speed-mail. God bless Micky!

*** always exploring – Of course we will always give things away because we don’t need it anymore, and we know it will be appreciated by the receiver, therefore we don’t burn it. But when true goodwill becomes a habit, we will, when we have only two eggs, give one to somebody who has no eggs. Not so easy to practice. Don’t you think I have mastered this habit. Beggars, for example, irritate me tremendously and I feel guilty about this. Why don’t they register at the local welfare and assist the welfare to raise funds and goods for them? There are so many projects Welfare can launch with the assistance of those who need support. Why don’t they do it? I have respect for street artists. At least they use their talents, posing like statues in the hot son, or playing their instruments, every day for at least eight hours. We also have poor people watching our cars while we do shopping, and this resulted into a major decrease in car thefts and the stealing of things inside cars. Perhaps I should give them bigger tips from now on. Anyway, I think each of us will find a way to practice goodwill seriously in 2011. May it be a joyful and prosperous year for you, my dearest Ruby. You are special to many of us.

*** kirutaye - what a nice comment out of your heart. I truly hope you manage to break through the surface of publisher’s whims with your novel. Please don’t allow them to discourage you. Try to fulfill their needs and you will become one of the best authors in that genre you’ve chosen. May 2011 be your year of arrival in the world of pro-novelists.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

acaetnna – I do have some back spots in this soul of mine – impatience with unqualified people in professional positions, inability to tolerate adults who act like toddlers, absolute contempt for narrow-minded people, manipulators and backstabbers, et cetera. But I’m trying to accommodate them. After all they really don’t know what they are doing to themselves and others. May all your wishes come true in 2011, especially those involving the man you love.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What a wonderful gift you have just given us all here at the hubs. Your generosity is soul reaching. May we all learn from this writing how to dig more into our being and hearts more than from our pockets of wealth.

Be a generous giver of oneself, money and stuff takes care of itself, but a person with no hope and a dark soul needs the tender loving care from givers of self, like Mother Teresa's of the world we should all strive to be.

Thank you Martie for touching my heart, you brought a tear to this Saddleriders eyes. Peace and hugs

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

saddlerider1 – My mother and one of my sisters have the extra-ordinary talent to practice goodwill. They will do things for others I don’t think I will ever be able to do. They are also the two members in our family with the most joy in their hearts. So I’ve written this hub in the first place for myself. You are the hubber who changed my perception of beggars and poor people sitting on benches, looking okay while their souls and bodies are in tatters. Without even knowing it you’ve encourage me to make the practice of goodwill one of my New Years resolutions and to write this hub. Just so you know how we encourage each other here in Hubland to change all that is negative in us to positive. Take care, my friend, you are precious to many of us.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Really beautiful and inspiring, thank you, my dear friend! We certainly need more goodwill in the world, with all the greed and acqusitiveness that is promoted by marketers and politicians.

The day is also special for me as it's my birthday! So thanks for the great birthday present!

Love and peace


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

tonymac04 – I believe you enjoyed a peaceful and pleasant birthday, my friend. I pray with all my heart that you will be healthy and strong for many more years. You are one of those special people who have enough love and wisdom to bestow on millions. I see in you only goodwill. I wish you the very-very best for 2011 and beyond. Lots of warm hugs from me to you.

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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


I loved this hub. Your a lovely woman inside and out. I am honored to have read this hub. Thanks for putting my link on. I will do the same. I will put your link on my story of I want to return the favor

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Healing Touch – how nice to see you! Thank you for the compliment – especially appreciated on this morning when the less lovely in me is clearly visible – because the roof we’ve allowed professional engineers to fix at outrageous costs is still leaking. I will surely feel honored with a link of this hub on that beautiful hub of yours. May all your projects of goodwill this year surpass your previous successes, my friend. You are performing soul-enriching duties – soul-enriching because it is more to the benefit of others than yourself. May your strength and health not forsake you for a single day.

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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


Your such a light in this world. Thanks for the beautiful words. I am so sorry about your roof. I hope you don't have to pay when they have not fixed it.

May God Bless you

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Healing Touch – I’ve done nothing about the roof yet. I’m just not in the mood to confront anyone at this stage of the new year. But - and I don’t know when - a specific drop of rain will come and plop on the ceiling, and it will trigger the witch in me, and I will bestride my broom...

Thanks for your kind comment my dear friend. Luv-u!

liru 5 years ago

"What was known as Boxing Day became the Day of Goodwill in South Africa in 1994, when Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) came into power to make Apartheid forever a regime of the past."

"Boxing Day" and "Apartheid"? These have nothing in common if not are in contrast to eachother.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Liru, yes, Boxing day and Apartheid have nothing in common. Total different histories. What was Boxing day before merely became Day Of Goodwill in 1994. The DATE is the only common factor. Take care!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wonderful reminder to share with the less fortunate. The ones who give and prefer to remain anonymous are awesome:))

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Martie,

Such a wonderful hub filled with much wisdom and heart. A beautiful reminder to the true meaning of giving from the heart. Thank you for sharing this hub that shines so brightly and touched my heart.



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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Martie - what a super awesome hub. I wish we had a day such as that to celebrate. People might learn a lot about themselves. Very interesting...and of course I totally believe in helping other people - I know I could do more too - and this is a good reminder for me. Up and everything!

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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Thank you for imparting your wisdom and giving freely of yourself.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Sunshine625 – Thank you so much for following the link. Especially this time of the year my heart goes out to the less fortunately. For the love of God I could have been unfortunate too - What a shocking thought! It kills my wish for a better life; it makes me tear UP my wish-list; it forces me to be so-so grateful for what I had and already have.

Thanks for your support. I am so glad I’ve met you. You are great!

May you receive everything you need.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Sunnie Day – So nice to see you. The Goodwill in you shines out of your face (in all your pictures) and your writings. I believe you had a lovely Christmas with your beloveds and that you are filled to bursting point with ideas for hubs.

My wish for you, Sunnie, is that you receive every day exactly what you need. And now I remember the famous words of a friend: “If you can live without it, you don’t need it.”

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

RealHousewife – I believe with all my heart Halloween is the ideal occasion for major fund-raising projects. Only $1 per costume rented, 5% on every candy sold, and and and could open doors to a better life for thousands.

Thanks so much for your visit. May you receive daily everything you need.

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

A.A. Zavala – Thank you for your continuous support. I wish for you everything you need in abundance.

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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

This is such a beautiful and inspiring hub, with an important message. Today is December 26, and I wish the rest of the world follow suit and make this day into the "Day of Goodwill" as well. Giving to the less fortunate brings so much happiness to the heart. Excellent article my friend. Well done!

Love and hugs,


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Martie, You inspire me to be better with this awesome hub. This is a beautifully written hub and I hope you have a wonderful day, and I wish you a Happy New Year.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


I sadly missed this beautiful hub for two years but thanks to your share and the GOOGLE advertisement of this seasonal hub I am thrilled to have read.

You have described this day of goodness with your usual meaningful, comprehensive and thoughtful style. I always learn so much from you.

Like Christmas, it would be wonderful to keep this "charitable spirit" every day... Hoping you have a new year filled with joy, peace, health and meaning.

Love you much, Maria

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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

What a great hub. I admit I've seen Boxing Day but never knew what it was. Voted up and interesting. I will give today in honor of this.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Break of Dawn - Between you and me, 'Day of Goodwill' looks good on paper, but who, I wonder, is going to practice it effectively the day after Christmas?

At a time the 26th was 'Family Day' down here. This was feasible. I truly belief that the The Day of Goodwill should be moved to a week or two before Christmas. They should swap it with our Day of Reconciliation (16 December). Or maybe just before Winter when poor people are really in need of important stuff like blankets. But this is only logistics, Goodwill is the topic and I do believe that it should be taught to children before the age of 7 - to ensure automatic response in adulthood.

Thanks, Sannel, and lots of hugs to you :)

@ Pamela99 - Thank you! I am sure that you are one of those who practice goodwill automatically. But yes, for a proper project of Goodwill (charity), we do need some encouragement to take stock and to give away what we no longer need and even more, if we know what exactly are needed by those in need of our Goodwill. I hope you have had a merry Christmas, Pam :)

@ My dearest marcoujor, I've forgotten about this hub - It goes with our 'Perspective on Charity', so I'm going to take another read and maybe some editing and link it with Charity. My wish for you, too, Maria, is only the best of the best of everything you need.

@ izettl - Interesting to see you are from the Great Northwest, while I am living in the North West Province of SA - Thanks, Izett - good to see you in my corner :)

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Beautiful hub, Martie. What food for thought to leave us with as we ring out this year and in with the new!

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Am surprised that I missed this hub before, but so glad I read it today, on December 26, so I could learn about the history of South Africa's Day of Goodwill.

I loved your poems, the quotes and the profound meaning and wisdom in this hub.

Sending Hub Hugs & Love,


Am voting the hub up across the board except for funny, and also sharing.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Martie.. this hub is wonderful I can see why it is in top page 1 of Google Search.. this is a great hub.. I did not know December 26th was a goodwill day.. what a marvelous idea.. this would be a great H.O.W. hub.. I want to post it there.. everyone would enjoy it.

God Bless you my dear

Happy New Year



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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi SAA, Thank you again for the lesson on Boxing Day! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ bravewarrior - as I've 'said' to marcoujor, I think this hub goes with 'Perspective on Charity' and I will add the link. Thank you so much for your inspiring comment :)

@ Happyboomernurse - Time flies! This hub was written 2 years ago and now have 3478 total views. This morning I found it to be second on page 1 Google Search. What a thrill! So hubbing is indeed like a long term investment.... I need to read this one again and edit where necessary. I've learned so much since my arrival in HubPages. Thank you so much for your continuous support, Gail :)

@ Deborah - I posted this one this morning in the H.O.W. group. It does fit in there. I would have done this earlier, but I've forgotten all about it. Can you believe it? Thank you for clicking in for the read and for leaving me such an encouraging comment :)

@ Sunshine - it is always so nice to see you in my corner. Thanks!

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Beautiful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. Boxing Day is well-known in Commonwealth countries, but I don't think it is in the USA. My understanding is that the original intention for it was to box up the excess of the abundance of the holidays and give that to the poor – kind of like gleaning. I suppose these days it means the day to box up gifts to return to the store to exchange for a different size or style. Calling December 26 Goodwill Day is brilliant. It makes the intention a lot clearer than Boxing Day and puts the emphasis on attitude.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

B. Leekley, now you've got me coiled with laughter - boxing gifts to exchange..... So very true! I LOVE your comment and would like to share it with my friends, giving proper recognition to you.

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Of course share as you like. And I loved your hub.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Did you see it on your Facebook wall? I could not resist the temptation... :)

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

We call 26/12 Boxing Day but Goodwill Day is certainly a clear way to be helping the less fortunate. A very interesting hub.

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Martie, yes, I saw it on Facebook and Liked it. My wife saw it, too.

The main idea of South Africa Goodwill Day is, I think, a good and important one -- whatever you choose to do, do it with goodwill. Back in the 80s I had a used book shop in Illinois with my mother. She had a neighbor friend who had a widowed sister-in-law who needed to wear a T.E.D. support stocking at night. My mother's friend voluntarily went every evening to her sister-in-law's house to help put on the stocking. And she was incessantly complaining to my mother and me about the task. I could not understand why she would choose to do something to help another person and not choose to do it gladly. I learned from that negative example about goodwill giving.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Jool - so good to see you in my corner and to know that you've found this hub interesting. Take care, dear Jools :)

@ B. Leekley - Now that type of behavior, so common, to moan and groan all the way while performing duties, including goodwill, is totally beyond my comprehension. I know many of those kind and find them loathly. I will never expect or accept a favor from them. I guess they have a desperate need to be praised and to be acknowledged as 'heroes' doing good deeds. So glad to know that you and your wife like your quote.

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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

I love this, I love this, I love this and I am just so happy to have read it. Voted up across and sharing!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Lastheart :) Nice to meet you...

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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great article on the meanin of Boxing Day. I message of inspiration for the masses.

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi teaches, always wonderful to see you in my hubs. Thanks for the comment :)

Ruth Cox 2 years ago

What an excellent explanation of the Day of Goodwill, Boxing Day, and portrayal of the spirit of giving that we should each put into practice every day, no matter our lot in life.

Sannel Larson 2 years ago

Thank you again, dear friend for such an inspiring reminder to share with the less fortunate. We definitely need more goodwill in the world; Today and every day! Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

How beautiful, dear Martie, is your hub, no less than the tradition there of a Day of Goodwill. The definition of the term is great, too, perhaps not too far different from mine when I responded to your FB announcement of this hub; which was that it is, (unlike giving a gift, which is a one-time or one-at-a-time action), an abiding attitude of generous thoughts toward & for others, which obviously must evolve to fit ever-changing real-life situations, and can never be 'a done-‘deal’ or used up. It’s like a custom-fitted & truly ‘felt’ interchange which is always a learning, growing experience, as one finds one's truest ability to help and to maintain the good-will attitude for the 'long haul'.

There are influences and effects all around which might tend to discourage it. Our own limitations and frailties may loom up, as well. But, being an abiding attitude, we then can find our way to continue with it, as we make our way through life's paths.

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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

How strange, Martie! I truly have no idea where that comment went, but after I told you on FB that I would be back to recomment, I've discovered it still had me tagged for following comments as if I had left one. Gotta love those HP glitches. haha

Anyway, I said something to the effect of how glad I am that you chose to share this hub on FB. It is a wonderful concept to dedicate an entire day to such thoughts. Of course, it should be year-round, but I've found that the focus for it is more so around the holidays. It's a very generous thing to continue focusing after the holidays for those with a surplus.

I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing to give to someone else who might appreciate an item if it is being discarded to make room for something better or is simply unwanted. It's still an act of kindness and general goodwill. However, I think the best forms of goodwill run much deeper than that.

As someone who has been the recpient of the goodwill of others' multiple times, I can certainly appreciate both sides of the matter. And on the receiving end, I feel like a person can tell when someone is giving for the sake of true goodwill in the heart and for ulterior motives that are perhaps not even clear to the giver themselves. It's one of my biggest pet peeves to hear someone say that he or she gave or did something because 'it was the Christian thing to do.' It just strikes a nerve because, in my experience, it comes out of the mouths of those seeking to be recognized by those outside of the exchange that they shared their good deed with. I don't believe in bragging about doing something for someone or in making a big deal about having done it to begin with. Goodwill should not be self-serving.

Marsha Cooper 2 years ago

No matter what our financial situation, we all have something to give.

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Ruth Cox – I agree, we should practice goodwill every day. Nice to meet you!

@ Dear Sannel Larson – maybe people will find it easier to practice goodwill all the time instead of ‘loving’ each other. People have such issues with the word LOVE, but not with the word ‘goodwill’, while the practicing of goodwill is in fact a sub-category of love. Enjoy the season and take care of yourself :)

@ Nellieanna – I want to insert your definition into the contents of this hub as it is just perfect. Sometimes we have to say something in many ways, as each person understands according to their prejudice. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and to share your profound thoughts.

@ shanmarie – thank you so much for your beautiful comment. Of course, it is not a bad thing to give to someone else who might appreciate an item if it is being discarded by us for whatever reason - it is called SHARING. One hand washes the other. Goodwill, as you have said, is most certainly more than this. It includes getting/finding/purchasing/creating things not because we need it, but to give to others because they need it.

I, too, dislike hearing other’s brag about what they have given to others. One hand should not know what the other hand is doing, is after all the way true Christians are supposed to give and even receive. Human’s pathetic ego is always in need of recognition and praise.

“Goodwill should not be self-serving,” is a perfect guideline.

@ Marsha Cooper – Indeed, we always have something to give.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Wonderful thoughts here. I've always said if I had a million dollars, I would give it all away to needy people, and they would never know where it came from!

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Again a lovely post about our country South Africa. I'm truly glad you wrote that and I will share it around.

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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Dear Lady,

It has been a while since I seen your name on HubPages, and it is wonderful to see it now.

Giving comes from the heart, it is not a hand-out it is sharing because you have been blessed to have enough to share. I hope your "Box Day" turned out well and that many people are full with good food, clothes, shoes, medicine and most of all love.

Love is what we need to box-up and send it around the world, because until everyone is taken care of in our world while we are here on this earth, then we have not completed our mission to mankind.

Best Wishes to You,

Bobbi Purvis

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A very interesting day! A great message from you and always a beautiful thought too. I like the way you rapprochement this unique title. Voted up!

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

@ mary615 – I must admit that I am selective when it comes to the practice of goodwill. For example – recently I started a conversation with a poor woman who was buying groceries with the money she had earned washing cars while their owners were shopping. She complained about the price of meat. When I asked her why she was buying the most expensive steaks instead of chuck, mince or sausages, she told me that her son-in-law, who was without a job, doesn’t eat anything else but steak. WTH? Beggars can’t be choosers. If he was my s.i.l., he would have died of hunger. Thanks for the sharing and voting :)

@ Nadine May – SA has more to brag about than to complain about. We can but just pray that we will soon have nothing to complain about. Thanks for sharing :)

@ PurvisBobbi44 – I wish I was in the position to give more. Always good to see you in my corner :)

@ DDE – your opinion counts. Thank you!

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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

How kind of you, Martie, to use my definition as part of your lovely hub. Thank you! Hugs.

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Your definition is just perfect, Nellieanna. Lots of hugs to you :)

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub Martie. Voted up and across.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Eiddwen - thank you so much for reading and commenting :) Happy New Year to you and your beloveds!

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marcoujor 14 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

How quickly time passes - this timeless hub has as much meaning as when you first wrote it.

Wishing you and your family a new year of peace, safety and happiness.

Love you so much and hugs, mar

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suzettenaples 14 months ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful, Martie and so appropriate for today. We all need a gentle reminder of what is important in life.

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MartieCoetser 14 months ago from South Africa Author

@ marcoujor - The speed of time is quite scary! But we have to remind ourselves year after year to keep on loving our fellow man as we love ourselves, and to keep on practicing goodwill, not so, Maria? I have added a link to your most profound blog about the charity spirit.

@ Suzette - Gentle reminder! I MUST use this description next year. Thanks, Suzette.

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marcoujor 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Martie,

And another year has passed in the blink of an eye... the comment you wrote me applies just as much - if not moreso.

Wishing you a new year filled with loads of good will, safety, peace and love.

Hugs to you always, mar

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MartieCoetser 8 weeks ago from South Africa Author

Dearest Maria, the older we get, the faster time flies. Well, this is my awareness. Perhaps because I have to, and want to, and indeed do have too much to do. I managed to gather a lot of useful, but no longer needed and wanted by me, stuff to give away. Now to find the time to deliver them at the nearest charity depot.

May your year ahead be filled with everything that's good and godly, dear Mar :)

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