“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.”
~Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
For many of us the holidays represent a time for thoughtfulness, giving, and the best of intentions. The 2009 holiday season is different than years past and now more than ever it is more fulfilling to give than receive.
Back to basics, as I like to refer to it, this year brings a new meaning to holiday cheer by forcing us to follow through on the best of our intentions by giving what we can to the people we love. Counting our blessings and making the most of what we have is more important as the last year was a startling reality check.
Last year, the banking and housing market crisis raised levels of fear, this year, job loss and economic hardship settled in across the board. Survivors of massive job and pay cuts are counting their blessings, as are those who suffered layoffs and foreclosures.
As we move forward into the midst of this holiday season and onto a new year in 2010, we hold the knowledge of years past and intentions for what’s ahead. If we move forward with the best of our intentions, knowing what we know now, and follow through, we will give the best and most thoughtful gift of all, whatever that may be.