Family Presents For The Holidays

Live, Laugh, Love

Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame once said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” While I’m certain there are plenty of second, third, and so on, most important things a father can, and should, do for his children, I believe that the good Father Hesburgh has it correct.

Often, it’s easy for us to fail to see just how much of a positive, or negative, affect our personal attitudes, words, and behaviors, can have on our children, spouse, partner, or other loved ones, however subtle we think they may be. “It’s my life; I should be able to feel and express myself the way I want to.” Of course we can, but that doesn’t mean we should.

Desmond Tutu said, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” I know, I know, sometimes we’d like to ask God why he couldn’t have given us a different family. But, maybe we just haven’t seen or realized the value in each of them…not yet anyway. Regardless, the fact remains, our family is our family, and it’s up to us, not to them, to be a caring and loving family member. We have no control over another’s actions. The only person each of us has control over is our self. Remember Gandhi’s words “you must be the change you wish to see…”

Here are three gifts you can give to your family this holiday season that won’t cost any money. They are bound to appreciate them a lot because the three gifts that you give to them will turn you into a loving…and loveable, family member. After all, wouldn’t you like for each of them to become a loving and loveable family member for you?

Live life. Laugh lots. Love forever. When you give these three gifts to others, it’s guaranteed to bring them joy. However, the person who will benefit the most is…YOU.

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