It’s Not About What You Spend

A faded picture of a Black man sitting in a chair by a Christmas tree with his young daughter on his lap kissing him on the cheek.

As we enjoy the holidays with family, friends, and family pets, remember, it’s not about what you spend. It’s about something way more important.

The Rush of the Holidays

There’s such a rush this time of year: a rush to get things done, a rush to order gifts, a rush to cook and bake and plan. It’s time consuming and overwhelming.

We focus so much on making each event perfect we often forget to enjoy it. There’s nothing perfect about that.

Instead we should be enjoying a different type of rush: the exhilaration of watching little ones lost in excitement and celebration. The thrill of inviting friends and family into our homes. The overwhelming joy of being present in a moment that will last indelibly in our minds that makes us feel like we are flying.

We have to remember, it’s not about what you spend. We often spend so much on the perfect decorations, the best presents, and tastiest foods, trying to make the moment exactly right that we miss the best part of the holidays: the time together.

It’s Not About What You Spend

This holiday season, don’t worry about how symmetrical the decorations are or how perfectly seasoned the food is or how well planned out the itinerary is. Sometimes those things become an overwhelming burden and our drive to do them becomes a powerful dragon we must defeat.

Instead, focus on the people. Share smiles. Think about how you can bless each person in your home. Follow the golden rule and put yourself in the shoes of others. Focus on showing each person they’re special and spend time with them, showing them they matter.

Actually, as I think about it, I think that I may have been wrong. Maybe it is about what you spend. Maybe it’s just about spending the right thing. Maybe it’s not about spending the money. Maybe it’s all about spending the time.

Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the time you spend with those you care about most.

David Bishop

David is CEO of Cedowin Productions, dedicated to helping you live your best life through positive habits. He has inspired tens of thousands to improve habits and communication through books, articles, workshops, and apps. He is the creator of AweVenture, helping families enjoy fantastic, active experiences and Zombie Goals, literally making building healthy habits a game. He’s authored several books including How to Create Amazing Presentations, 7 Steps to Better Relationships, and The Man in the Pit, which helps people who have loved ones struggling with depression.

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