On Perspective & The Holidays

My good friend, Sue McGaughey, knows what's important during the holidays:

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the holidays have much more meaning than just buying and giving material things. It's a time for reflection and being thankful for the positives you do have in your life. Don't dwell on the negatives and what you don't have. Instead, think about the people and things that continually put a smile on your face. It could be your son, daughter,significant other. Perhaps the cashier at the grocery store always makes you laugh? Do you have a certain someone in your life that just the thought of them makes you smile? Remember these things when you are feeling blue.

One of the best gifts you can give someone is your time. Pick up the phone and call, go see someone you've been meaning to see. Think about this, a hug or a kiss are both great gifts, once you give them, they can never be taken back. So the next time you find yourself feeling down in the dumps, feel those holiday blues coming on, sit down, close your eyes and ask yourself,"What DO I have in my life to be thankful for?" Write down the positive blessings and focus on those. Take yourself to a shelter or other organization that needs volunteers, or to friend or relative you haven't seen for a while. Make it a point to touch at least one life every day. Remember, a smile, a hug, a phone call can go a very long way.

With the holiday season in full swing, this is a great reminder of what truly matters.