Keeping the Holidays in Your Heart

It’s easy to be jaded with the wonderful life you have, it’s easy
because you take it all for granted – there is no doubt in my mind
that 90% of the people I know just live each day like the last and
forget the true meaning of this holiday. This holiday season is
important to me because of a recent health scare I had… I kid you
not – I almost wasn’t here today to tell you about why its important to
be thankful, to appreciate your love ones, and most of all take time
to slow down.

I know the motions, I know the drain that life, work, family, money
can put on you… I know there are pressures from every direction but
the key is to make sure you have respect for it all. Just think about
tomorrow if you weren’t here, how would your children be? how would
your partner be? does it scare you? cause it sure as shit scared me…

I woke up thanksgiving morning to a heart attack and since then I
feel like my life is one of those Jimmy Stewart movies – I’ve found
joy in the small things – I’m trying to reset the balance of my
life… and I’m appreciating the time with my family. It’s so easy to
be frustrated at a child – they cry and whine, we become annoyed…
but if that cry and whine was a remembrance of life and the future you
have… it sounds sooo different.

That’s why I ask to for you to keep this holiday in your heart, it’s so easy to overlook what the base of this holiday is, it’s not shopping, its not finding the perfect gift, or that really hard to find one, it’s being together.

For this holiday season – I ask one simple thing – Take a moment (take
two) (take three) create a memory with your children… create a
memory with your partner and most of all remember to take it all in.
Life is short – we never know just how short until its almost ripped
from us. Hug your children – Hug your partner… open that bottle of
wine and just sit and relax and start to think about what you want to
do this coming year that will be different from the last. For me it’s
take time out – to create special memories with my wife and son… but
whats on your list?

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  1. BenSpark says:

    Amen brother, I am glad that you are still with us. Thank you for those sentiments. I will take them to heart.