As we come to the end of another year, we find ourselves busily preparing for the holidays, which may cause us to forget to take time to reflect on the gifts of 2014 that surround our daily existence. If you are able to read this message, you have received a wonderful gift and that is another day to live. We often forget that each day is a gift that should be cherished and used to the best of our ability. Take a few moments and ponder the four gifts below and how you can receive, open and use them during this time of year.
This priceless resource is one of the most needed, yet most misused gifts of all. As we rush around sucked into our worlds of busyness, we sometimes forget to stop doing and start ENJOYING the present moment by celebrating the time that we have. Because this is such a precious gift, may we together relish the time we have been given and share our time with others who need us.
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it…When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life… Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.” — Rick Warren
Each person is blessed with abilities that others may not have. We have our own set of talents and strengths that if used and guided in the right direction can cultivate more success, grant more time and allow for growing more fulfilled personal and professional relationships.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” — Erma Bombeck
These gifts are the people in our lives who we often take for granted—a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend, a client or a colleague. We expect them to be there for us, but sometimes we forget to honor them with the first gift—our time. We become so absorbed in taking care of responsibilities and forget that we have not nurtured and treasured the most important people and given them the attention they deserve.
“At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.” — Barbara Bush
As we consider the third gift, I am RICHLY blessed and surrounded by many loving, kind people. Several of you I have known for years and count you as blessings for the relationship we have nurtured along the way. For many others this year was made far richer for me because we met within the last 12 months. I am excited to see who I will get to meet in 2015 because each person that crosses my path, is someone I can learn from—which leads us to the FOURTH Gift:
I absolutely love cultivating meaningful relationships that I’ve had for years, and I also love meeting new people and hearing their stories because each person and every relationship offers the potential for learning new things. I learn more from relationships established on trust and nurtured in love, which is where learning begins, by listening to the stories and experiences of others and sharing those priceless moments in time with another.
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian Philosopher
How true it is that that as long as we are still alive, we have the ability to learn. As we all seek ways to continuing growing and learning in 2015, I’m excited to share with you, my wonderful co-adventurers in life, a learning opportunity. You are invited to a ‘sneak peak’ of my upcoming book to be released in 2015. The book is titled: Take 21: BURSTs of Quiet With God, and I am sharing one section with YOU as a ‘pre-release adventure.’ The section we will be kicking off the New Year with is titled: A Renewed Faith. If you’d like to learn more, consider joining this very FIRST of many opportunities coming our way in 2015.
During this holiday season, may we each step back and inventory all the gifts we have been blessed with, and contemplate how we can best use our time and talents to nurture those most important relationships in our lives.
Wishing you a joyous Christmas!