This time of the year most of us get asked the same question pretty frequently…what do you want for Christmas? In the past, I have been able to think of a few things I would really like to have-an outfit, a pair of shoes, something for our house, etc. We can always think of something we would like to have that we may not would buy for ourselves right? After thinking about it a lot this year, the one thing I want more than anything and the one thing I do not want to live without is, the health of my loved ones.
In order to truly understand this Christmas wish, it’s important to have some background information. This year on Thanksgiving Day, I visited 3 different hospitals in 3 different counties. Yes, you read that right…3 people very near and dear to me spent their Thanksgiving in a hospital rather than at home with us, their family. I am happy and thankful to report everyone is doing ok, and seems to be recovering well, but that does not dilute the reality that being in good health is usually underrated and often taken for granted.
As someone who has always loved the magic, sparkle and special feeling that typically surrounds us during the holidays, this request certainly isn’t something you can unwrap on Christmas morning, but I believe with my whole heart that it is the best gift to give and to get. We owe it to ourselves and to everyone that loves us to do whatever we can proactively do to be as healthy as we possibly can be.
So if you really want to give your loved ones a gift they cannot buy for themselves, a gift that will keep on giving and a gift of the utmost importance, give the gift of taking care of yourself so that you can continue to be in their lives and can enjoy making great memories together in the future.