It’s incredible, isn’t it?
How, even after the collective hustle and bustle of getting things ready and prepared, you can finally sit back, relax and let the festive spirit take over.
Yes, that’s right — Christmas is here.
But there’s one gift you might have forgotten.
One gift that means more than everything else.
A gift that reinforces your love, shows you care, and helps to create memories that last forever — all at the same time.
It won’t cost you a thing.
That gift, of course, is your presence — it’s the simple act of being.
It’s the gift of wrapping someone in a hug and holding it until there’s an undeniable sense of warmth between you.
It’s the gift of really listening to what someone has to say. Not listening to respond, but listening for the subtle messages that speak between the lines.
It’s the gift of joy and laughter… the gift of peace and love.
It’s the gift you can give each and every person you come in contact with today. Friends, family, partners, spouses, even those you’ve never met.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s the one that means the most.
Now go and sit with someone (anyone) and just be present with them.
Ask them how they are.
Listen to what they say.
Tell them you love them.
Tell them you appreciate them.
Hold that space and honor it for the sacred space it is.
They mightn’t remember everything that came to them below the tree, but they’ll never forget the love they felt when you gave them the gift of being.
May your presence be the present you give everyone today.