(This will be my last scheduled post for 2015, thank you to everyone for reading, it’s been an amazing year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings)
One night after my hockey game the guys were sitting around and talking as we always do. Someone brought up that they had recently been to an old folks home to visit their family.
What they pointed out is something that has been stitched into my brain ever since, and I’d like to share it with you.
It went like this:
“…So there’s my grandpa, lying there in bed, happy as can be… he has some clothes and a couple of other belongings… mostly photos… all the other “stuff” he collected over the years is gone. He doesn’t need it. All he wants is some company from his friends and his family. Makes you think about what it’s all about…”
A Shift in Focus
This time of year there is a huge focus on “stuff,” as we wait to see the goodies Santa has brought. Our lives are busy, there’s no doubt about this, and we compensate for our busy-ness by buying “stuff” to show others we care.
In doing this we tend to forget what it’s really all about.
In the end, I believe, none of the “stuff” any of us get this year may truly matter years down the road.
It’s the people that matter
It’s the people that matter, those people we look forward to seeing as we rush around our daily lives. The ones who light up our faces, and those who faces light up when they see us. Those people that you would do anything for, because they hold a special place in your life and in your heart, whether they know it or not.
I’ve been reminded recently that life moves very quickly, and the things we cherish can often leave us in the blink of an eye.
Life truly does move fast.
Things can change quickly
Anyone with kids knows this all too well.
Every year those little babies that I brought home from the hospital are getting a little older and growing up before my eyes.
I find myself asking them the same questions I was asked at their age “When did you get so tall? How did you grow up so fast?”
Someday my little kids will have their own families and god willing someday I will be that grandpa.
When I look back on this year, I won’t be thinking about the gifts I got, I will be looking at it as the year I gave myself the gift of time.
This year I plan to value every moment I get to spend with the people who mean so much to me.
Give yourself and those around you the gift of your time
So instead of “stuff” this Christmas I’m going to give myself, and those around me, the gift of quality time with those that matter most.
Time with my family, time with my friends, without the smartphones and the other needless distractions. Because I want to remember all the little moments, I hope you consider this as a real gift to give yourself.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Share this if you will give yourself the same gift.