The malls are packed, the street traffic intense and God help the people who are braving Costco today.
As we hustle and bustle this holiday season to make everyone’s Christmas wishes come true, we often forget the absolute best gift we can give to those we care about … gratitude and love.
This past year has felt challenging – for multiple reasons – and I know I’m not alone. But during the good times and the not-so-good times, the ultimate gift has come in the form of positive words.
When my daughter looked me in the face and said, “You are the best mom in the whole world.”
When my mom scribbled in our anniversary card, “You guys are getting it right.”
When a friend wrote a lovely thank you note and said, “I value your friendship.”
When my sons remembered to say, “Thanks.”
When a former colleague sent an email on my work anniversary and noted, “They are lucky to have you.”
When my husband said, “You are amazing,” or “You crack me up,” or “I love you so much.”
Yes, I am a sucker for words. I love them. They fill me up.
But seriously, couldn’t we all use more thanks and love and kindness?
A timely email, a handwritten note, a thoughtful text or a great conversation – those gifts of telling someone they matter, their efforts count, they are loved – those top my wish list every year.
Christmas is the perfect time to tell people you care, but think of spreading this type of cheer year-round – and make it sincere. Yes, we’re busy, but these words don’t require a trip to the mall or warrant a credit card swipe or even a day filled of baking.
You merely need to take a moment and be present.
And to all my fellow readers and blog supporters, thanks for your kind words in 2014. Your comments, advice and compliments mean more to me than you’ll ever know.