The older I get, the faster time seems to go by. Wasn't it just yesterday that we were welcoming 2008? Now, in what seems like just the blink of an eye, we're ready to say goodbye.
As with any other year, 2008 passed with all of us experiencing both joy and sadness. We were once again reminded nothing lasts forever, and even though it might not seem like it at the time, life does go on.
The message I'd like to send everyone this holiday season has to do with only one word. Love. Sometimes it's simple...other times it can be the most complicated, confusing four letters in the alphabet.
And while some associate Love more with Valentine's Day, I prefer to link it with the holidays.
To me, love is more than a word, it's an emotion. It's the flutter in your stomach every time you look at your significant other...the overwhelming emotion when your child wraps their tiny hand in yours...and what tugs at your heartstrings when your friends are hurting.
Love is family, whether you're blood related or not. It's selflessness, generosity, understanding.
In these difficult times, my wish is for everyone to take a minute to think about what really matters in life. Material things are nice, but they can't make you laugh, hold you when you cry, or pat you on the back for a job well done.
This season, please take the time to let your family and friends know not only HOW much you love them, but WHY you love them. Too often we forget to mention why people are so special to us.
In closing, I would like to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season. And whether you're spending a lot of money on gifts this year or just a little, I ask you to remember it's not quantity that's so important, but quality...for love, the most precious gift of all...is priceless.