This holiday season, when you meet with family, try your damnedest to see things from other’s perspectives when you beg or fight to disagree. Say “I love you” to the people that matter to you and mean from the bottom of your heart. Treasure and cherish the moments you have together. Put down that phone, that tablet, and that computer or other electronic gadget and be in the moment and present with your family and friends. Create memories of attentiveness that will last a lifetime instead of missing the little things in your haste to document everything on video or photo.
We are too often confined and addicted to our gadgets and social media that we forget to live in the now. Breathe. Stop. Look around, smell the air, feel your environment with all of your senses and really try to mentally pay attention to what Uncle Bob is saying instead of staring down at your phone, nodding your head and saying “Uh-huh.” Memorize people’s faces as you talk and really think about what they’ve said, what they’re trying to say, and what’s to be read between the lines.
Stop with the distracting accessories and really spend time with your family. You’ll fall in love with them all over again as you pay attention to the genuineness of your interaction.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May the day bring you peace, love, and joy for the year to come.