The Gift of a New Year

There is just one more day left in the year after today. To finish off this blog for the year I wanted to leave you with a thought about hope and what the year ahead could hold. Elie Wiesel said:

“Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.”

A new year, a new day, a new hour are all gifts that we’re given. It’s up to us what we do with those gifts. We’re given other gifts too: the gifts of friends, health, family, puppies and bunnies, food, coffee, music, art, cars, technology, and our senses are just a very short list of some of the gifts we have or could have in our lives. Of course part of the reason I’m thinking about gifting because we’re finishing up the 2015 holiday season during which most of us gave gifts to others. The cool thing about gifts is they really do more than you may think about. A gift is a joy to the person giving it and the person receiving it. It can but shouldn’t be a one-way thing. Gifting is a way to celebrate and appreciate each other and a reminder to each of us that we’re not alone.

So as we head into the new year I encourage you to remember that a gift is only truly valuable if it’s opened. I may love the gift I picked out for you but if when I give it to you you just put it away in a closet without opening it I’ll be hurt and you won’t be able to experience the true gift I picked out for you, just the pretty wrapping paper.

If you really want the upcoming year to be your best year yet it’s time you started unwrapping the gifts you’ve been given. Start living up to your potential and using the gifts you were born with or have developed. Don’t waste another year, make 2016 your year.

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