Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is a reminder of how important families are, to give back to those who are less fortunate, to be thankful for what we have and of course you have the excitement of receiving gifts. As quickly as the spirit of Christmas comes, it goes away. The question is why?
Why does it take a holiday for us to do what we should be doing anyway? The reality is we all get caught up in our busy work schedules, social lives, kids activities, school and many other things. I believe people intend well but easily lose focus.
It’s nice to have presents under a Christmas tree. But what if we spent every day celebrating and being thankful for the gifts we already have in our lives? For me, I wake up every day appreciative of the things that have been given to me and that I have worked hard for. It keeps me grounded that while I have success, a lot of people have helped me get here. It reminds me to give back.
Spending time being grateful helps you focus on the positive things in your life. What you focus on, you tend to bring into your life. Spend more time focusing on the positive, you feel better about yourself, it empowers you, it gives you hope and it leads to greater confidence. The feeling that is created, energizes you and gives you the fuel you need to pursue your purpose. This feeling is infectious and inspires those around you.
Once you start feeling fortunate, you are compelled to help others. That help doesn’t always have to come in the form of money. It could be the gift of time. That gift could be volunteering, listening to someone who needs to be heard, helping someone who is going through a tough time, sharing a great idea or a funny story.
As you enjoy this holiday season, take the lessons from Christmas and carry them through your lives every day. Be thankful, give time to your family and friends, be grateful and give back!