NOW is always the right time to be thankful for the special people in your life, including yourself.
“Time is a tenacious and unrelenting competitor. Make friends with him as soon as possible.” —Paul Mark Sutherland
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self,
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss,
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
—William Arthur Ward
One SONG can spark a moment.
One FLOWER can wake the dream.
One TREE can start a forest.
One BIRD can herald spring.
One SMILE begins a friendship.
One HANDCLASP lifts a soul.
One STAR can guide a ship at sea.
One WORD can frame the goal.
One VOTE can change a nation.
One SUNBEAM lights a room.
One CANDLE wipes out darkness.
One LAUGH will conquer gloom.
One STEP must start each journey.
One WORD must start a prayer.
One HOPE will raise our spirits.
One TOUCH can show you care.
One VOICE can speak with wisdom.
One HEART can know what is true.
One LIFE can make a difference.
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.