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December 23, 2010
A Holiday Wish For You
Well, I've gone and done it again. I've been so wrapped up in "work" that I haven't taken time to do the things I really enjoy, which includes writing this blog. My normal Monday morning routine of spending a half hour writing my musings has somehow given way to the rigmarole of the workday.

So...since we're getting close to Christmas, and everyone seems to be not-so-subtly easing back from their desks and taking flight, I've finally found a few minutes to jot down my thoughts about the holiday season.

As a self-employed person, it is often difficult to justify in my own mind the need to take time off. After all, if I don't work, my family doesn't eat. Like anything, though, there is a happy medium. I've been reminded of that four or five times a day since my kids started their Christmas Break.

Just this morning, my oldest son popped his head into my office and asked how long I planned to work today. He, like my other two kids, have been longing for some "Dad time", which I simply haven't been able to give them due to year-end activity. So today, I've decided I'll tie up a few loose ends and unchain myself from the office as soon as possible.

Since I don't know your religious beliefs, traditions, or backgrounds, let me just share mine. Growing up, my parents always emphasized the "reason for the season" rather than Santa Claus, presents, and all that crap. My wife and I have tried to instill the same in our children. After all, if we're going to celebrate Christ's birth, shouldn't Christ be part of the celebration?

My goal this and every Christmas (and all year, actually) is to show my children what it means to be kind, loving, and generous to everyone, especially those in need. Sound like anyone else you know (or at least have heard of)? If I've lost you, look at the first syllable of the holiday again.

My challenge to you as you go out and about this holiday season: Flash those pearly whites to everyone you see. Ask them how they're doing (and really mean it). Lend a hand to someone in need. Empty your pockets of that loose change when you walk by the Salvation Army kettle. Take some of those canned goods gathering dust in your pantry to a food drive. Buy a turkey for the local shelter and drop it off. Better yet, volunteer your time to cook it and serve it. Shovel a neighbor's driveway after it snows. Send a card, letter, or e-mail of encouragement to someone who's having a rough go of it. Hug your kids. Kiss your spouse. Thank your boss. Thank your employees.

The opportunities to be Christ-like are everywhere - you just have to open your eyes. Like I've always said, if you can't (or won't) be like Christ on his birthday, why take the day off? (OK, OK...I know Christmas is on a Saturday this year, but you get my point.)

From my family to yours - Merry Christmas. Make the most of it.


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