Merry Christmas~Happy Chanukah~Happy New Year! I love this time to reflect over the past year … which has been both awesome and terrible! But it’s easy to be grateful when things are going your way, it takes character building to find the glory in the hard times. But that’s when it really counts.
Some people are melancholy this time of year. I think the gift-giving pressure and the guilt that goes with it can be deflating, and worse, material things aren’t the true purpose of the season. My dad was coming to town to visit and we were going to see a movie. On the phone, figuring out which movie and details, he said, it doesn’t really matter to me, the movie is just an excuse to spend time with you. You don’t need an excuse, I thought. Sweet Dad.
The greatest gift by far is TIME. In it can be found appreciation, joy, respect, problems solved, ideas launched, insights revealed, limitless possibilities … You are a gift yourself, and you never know how your presence can change someone’s life in a single moment, just by being there in the present, listening. No material thing can give you that, it’s priceless and can have an effect that lasts forever.
I’ve never let a date on the calendar dictate my life i.e. January 1st, because the opportunity for change is always here and now. Enjoy the gift, these precious moments of your life.
As always, thank you all for your comments–they are appreciated!
STAY STRONG ~ STAY INSPIRED!
Copyright 2009 Dallas Malloy