I was on Facebook and a relative of mine posted a somewhat downcast post regarding Christmas consumerism. Here's what he posted:
"Once you get to a certain age, Christmas stops being magical and wonderful and instead becomes tedious and expensive. Thanks to my family for reminding me how great Christmas can be. I love y'all so much."
I was tagged in the post and I'm certainly glad that I could be someone who changes the perspective the Christmas season. I'm not sure what I did that caused that type of reaction, but I certainly hope that I could spread a little holiday cheer on here as well.
Giving the Greatest Gift
Consideration is the greatest gift I've come to notice. For example, I like to give bottles of wine for Christmas. It is a go-to-gift in most regards. If I don't know you well, a bottle of wine is on it's way! However, this year I hinted that I would be giving wine again and one of my colleagues hinted back that they didn't prefer gifted wine. This person is a wine enthusiast and has upwards of 300 bottles in her cellar. I'm sure another bottle of wine is exactly what she doesn't want for Christmas.
I thought about it, "What would Becky* want?" I thought about what she does and uses everyday (*Name changed to protect privacy). Every time I see Becky in a meeting she is carrying a journal/notepad. I've never seen her without one. I knew what Becky was getting for Christmas.
The gift of consideration: What would this person consider valuable? What comes to mind when I consider them? Have I considered properly valuing all those around me this Christmas? Consideration takes you beyond yourself and puts yourself in someone's shoes.
When I receive a gift I like to know that I was thought of, even if the gift is small. If I was considered, the gift becomes all that more valuable to me.
Happy New Year
Let's continue this thought pattern into the coming year. What are your goals for 2017. Here is a great way to do you goals. It's something I'm going to be doing this year. It's my rule of 9. Kind of my 9 commandments for this year. If you want to fly a bit more loose, say, 9 commitments instead of commandments.
The 10 Commandments in the Bible are laid out in a format that both Vertical & Horizontal. Meaning some of the commandments are about our relationship with God and some the commandments are about our relationship with each others. For example, honor your mother and your father versus do not take the Lord's Name in vain. Both commandments, both honor God and please Him. However the impact of doing those things impact different relationships.
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