We each have a choice in this season. You can deliver yourself into the frenzy of the season, or you can wind down and take time to actually understand what the holidays really mean to us.
For the last few years, I have really focused my holiday time on reconnecting with people. Each year I have tried to reach out to someone who at one time was part of my life. Not all connections have turned out to be successful, but some have. The effort has been far more worthwhile than shopping for a lot of presents.
While family is a big part of our lives at all times of the year, the holidays are when we are blessed enough to be together as a group. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving reliving memories and planning for the future. I am hoping Christmas is even better.
I have been very blessed this year. Our family is healthy, two of our children continue in their long time jobs, and our youngest is graduating from college. I have spent the last year with a wonderful group of real estate professionals. In the last few months I have seen considerable success in what has to be termed one of the toughest real estate markets on record.
The older I get the more I realize life is not about the things you accumulate in life but about the connections you make and how well you nurture them. Life is about how you relate to the people in your life.
We are the people who have touched our lives over the years. Our lives are defined not only by our parents and relatives, but also by those friends with whom we have chosen to spend our time.
The best friends are those who accept you as you are. To them the thickness of your wallet matters little.
Those folks whose money and toys are more important than their friends fortunately easily disappear into the hustle and bustle of the season only to emerge at the other end not even understanding what they have missed.
It is good to be people who value people.