Christmas is a hectic time for many of us. As we prepare for the festivities, we know we should be grateful for our family and friends. And to show this gratefulness, we rush out to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Yet the perfect gift is not something we can buy. Any gift we can think of will lose its appeal with time. I am not against gift giving or receiving for that matter. I love presents! But I feel we should take some time out to stop, reflect and realize that we are the perfect gift to our family and friends. What would their lives be like without us?
It’s a Wonderful Life
To answer this question, I am reminded of Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I am sure that many of you have seen this old classic before. If not, it is definitely worth watching once in your lifetime. Despite the movie’s age, its message is timeless. I love how it reminds me that even though our lives may seem ordinary in the larger scheme of things, we can make a big difference in the lives of our family and friends. Sure, the world would still go on even if we did not exist. But it would be a very different world for our loved ones. And if we are not already making that difference, it is never too late to start now. Here are some ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of the people you love.
Ideas on Making a Difference
-Do you take an interest in and keep up with their lives?
-Do you hang out and have fun together?
-Do you support them when it comes to pursuing their passions?
-Are you a source of comfort to them when they are down?
-Have you told them you loved them lately and why?
-Have you thanked them for being in your life?
Making a difference does not involve some large or dramatic gesture. It is the little and the simple things done consistently over time that truly matters. I admit that I do not always do all these things consistently. But just by thinking through this article and writing out the ideas, it has reminded me of what I need to do.
The Vizier’s Christmas Message
I would like to thank all of you lovely readers for your comments and support. Your comments are invaluable and I have learned so much from them. Without your support, whom would I be writing for? I look forward to a great 2011 where I am sure I will learn a lot more from all of you. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!