And, it’s not the statute of a black horse with a lampshade on its head (though I was rather fascinated when I saw it) I am talking about a far better and even more intriguing gift than that.
Yes, I am talking about You!
Our quality time and attention is the best gift we can give to just about anyone.
Think of this a moment: what does a teen who’s acting out, a spouse delivering the silent treatment for no apparent reason and a screaming toddler all have in common? They all want at least one thing – the attention of somebody important to them. Many of us do not feel we get enough of this precious
commodity from the people closest to us. We, in turn, may not be giving enough of our own time away either.
This afternoon, after Christmas dinner, I am gathering the seven or so of our young people and giving them a few minutes from my life experiences. I am sharing with them some of the gems I received at 18 years of age – a foundation that continues to light my path. Perhaps it will go in one ear and out the other – after all, it is Christmas day! However, it is not very often we have our closest family and friends around us. We can make sharing ourselves part of our gifts to them.
Don’t wait for challenges to slow you or them down. Typically, things go ‘wrong’ and then everyone begins to scramble – wishing they had been a little more patient and available.
There really is no time like now.