It's easy, during this time of year, to get so wrapped up in the frenzy of all the things that "have to get done" and forget to take a little time to breathe.
If you have kids, or have travel plans or work in retail, my guess is, you haven't had a chance to relax since sometime mid-November.
Which means, here and now, I'm taking a moment to look pointedly at you and remind you.
The truth is -- if you don't get every gift, or if you're a little late to that holiday party, or you end up on the phone with your credit card company because your card got "blocked for security" -- the people that love you won't stop loving you.
The sky won't fall. Your kids will still have a great holiday. You'll come up with a workaround for pretty much every issue that may come up. Because, even though you may forget from time to time, you always manage to make it work.
So, slow down a bit. Take the time to thank that salesperson, or to listen to carolers in the mall, or to linger over breakfast with your family in the morning.
Slow down and take a moment to breathe and enjoy the people around you.
Because, in the end, it's not about gifts and it's not about stuff. It's not about getting that "hot new toy" and being willing to trample people in line at the superstore.
It's about people. The ones that make you smile. The ones you love. The ones who make you laugh.
There's a thread going on Twitter right now. It's beautiful in its simplicity. Started by the ever adorable @geekgirls.
" PLZ RT 2 anyone who made you smile in '09. It may surprise you how many you get back."
Truth is, I don't have enough room to RT to all of the people who made me smile this year. Not without spending a good chunk of my afternoon posting.
But it got me thinking and so I decided to write this in the spirit of the request.
Thank YOU for making me smile this year. I appreciate it more than you know.