The end of the year always seems to rush in as though it were, strangely enough, unexpected. This is a time of completion and an opportunity to begin to ponder the year ahead.
It can also be a time of hyper-productivity. There is, after all, nothing like a rapidly approaching deadline for many of us (like me!) to add fuel to the drive to get stuff done!
Then there are those obligatory things we must do to close out the year. These may not take as much time as they do energy as you probably would much rather be doing other things right now.
And, for many of us, the Holiday Season just adds more to our plates. Even things we want to do can add to a sense of “too much to do”.
With the remnants of the past year calling for completion and the future pulling us forward, the time we can all too easily miss is the present.
The word “present” is a synonym for another word signifying a theme of this time of year – “gift”. Consider this a clue to perhaps the greatest gift of all available for every one of us to give.
The simplest, yet most valuable, gift you can give to the people you love is your attention.
I invite you to take on a challenge for the next 21 days: to be wherever you are in each moment, fully present and attending to those with you in each moment.
You just might discover that giving the gift of your attention might also be the source of the most valuable and unexpected gifts you receive.
Do you accept the challenge? If so, declare it below. And please do come back and share the magic that is sure to unfold from giving the simplest gift of all.
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