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A Christmas Letter

December 19, 2014 by InvestingForMe

Years ago a client and very good friend sent me a Christmas letter that so moved me that I pinned it up in my office and to this day I read it almost weekly. It's words help to remind me of the things that are important to me and my family. I hope you find similar inspiration in it's words. (Thanks, Dave S. and Merry Christmas)

 

At Christmas we’re often deluged with often-conflicting spiritual and commercial messages on how to think and live. From the Internet and other sources, I’ve collected and shamelessly edited some engaging tidbits of advice. As you will see, some are superficial and none are particularly original.

(Disclaimer: Don’t look for any hidden meaning here. It’s just that I ran out of wintry photos to make a traditional Christmas card.)

Hone an attitude of gratitude.

Living is the most extraordinary (and unexplainable) privilege and gift. Especially in our peaceful land. If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75 percent of the world. If you have money, you’re among the top 8 percent. If you can live another week, you’re healthier than 1 million who won’t last that long. If you’ve never suffered the danger and despair of battle, imprisonment, torture, or starvation, you’re ahead of 500 million people. If you attend church without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you’re more blessed than 3 billion. If you can hug or even touch someone, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this, you are blessed because at least 2 billion people can’t read at all. If you smile say thanks, you’re blessed because most who can – don’t

Be humble but not subdued.

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. Believe in yourself, your purpose and your dreams. It’s okay to be disappointed, but never be discouraged. When you run after a rainbow you’re going to get wet. If you lend someone $20 and never see him or her again, it was probably was probably worth it. The most worthless emotion is self-pity; the most destructive habit is worry; and the greatest joy is giving.

(Be really nice to your friends and family. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.)

Don’t wait to say your sorry.

It’s easier to digest crow when it’s still warm.

Respect the certainty of endings.

Poet Walter de la Mare wrote, Look thy last on all things lovely. When Erma Bombech learned she was dying of cancer, she said she would have done many things differently in her life: I would have talked less and listened more… Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what. Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. And drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

Take time to do what makes you happy.

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well, so just get up and dance. While you still can!! Five rules of happiness are: free your heart from hatred, free your mind from worries, live simply, give more, and expect less. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. Dogs teach happiness. When they’re happy they wag their entire bodies; when they are scolded they come right back and make friends; and when they want lies buried, they dig until they find it.

Don’t rely on aging

... to make you smarter. While wisdom does come with age – and getting old is a high price to pay for maturity – sometimes age comes alone.

So seek the truth

.... no matter where it takes you. Your prizes are freedom and a special bonus…. When you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. Measure ideas on their merit, not popularity. Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground. Generally speaking, you won’t learn much while your lips are moving.

Honour your body.

The best fitness advice is only useful when it is turned into action. St Augustine said, Let them walk, that the darkness overtake them not. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Appreciate the four stages of life.

  1. You believe in Santa.
  2. You don’t believe in Santa.
  3. You are Santa Claus, and
  4. You look like Santa Claus.

Tell people you love that you love them,

.... at every opportunity and wish them a …..

 

Merry Christmas  and a Happy New Year.

 

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