Simple Holidays

November 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Holidays, Self Esteem | Leave a comment
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It’s the afternoon of Fabulous Friday. Known by many as Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving.


I start my winter routine today.  There’s no shopping or long weekend for me.  No hanging around and eating leftovers or going for casual walks.


It’s get the kids up and ready for skiing.  It’s more than simply training to be good at something.  Ski racing is a whole lifestyle for a minimum of four months a year.  And this starts when most people think they are already too busy to cope with and handle the stress and pressure of the holiday season.


But we who have children who are passionate about something and support their passion must do things that are beyond what others think of as a possibility.


That’s what I am trying to help you do.  I want you to be the parent who can get past the ordinary, know that the extraordinary really is something that is for your family.


This extraordinary is not in the size of your house, the kind of car you drive, the grades your kids get in school, or how many Christmas presents you have already bought. 


This extraordinary is the twinkle in your child’s eyes when they wake up in the morning.  The giggle when they are playing happily.  Even the tantrum they have when they are sure they have been slighted.  And that glow when they have achieved some seemingly immeasurable proficiency.


As you finish your formal, annual Thanksgiving and begin the slide or jump into the next holiday, give yourself the freedom to know that it’s the love behind the holiday, the gift, the whole shebang that matters.  No one really cares if you and your family have any particular objects.  What makes it all worthwhile is the love and only the love.


Just like the Beatles said 40 years ago, “You can’t buy me love.” 


As you get ready for the next holiday, focus on love not quantity or volume.


Love the season and your children with Passion, Purpose, and Integrity,



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