It’s almost 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve as I write this. Both my girls are in bed. My wife is in the living room with her parents, sister-in-law and her brother, who got back from his most recent tour in Iraq eight days ago – after 15 long months away from his wife and two kids.
I’m at our kitchen table downloading the video I shot tonight of our oldest girl as an angel in the Christmas build-a-pageant at our church. To be honest, she didn’t have to do much acting, since she actually is an angel. Well, I’m probably biased.
As I listened to them chatting in the other room while editing the video into a movie to share with friends whose children were also in the build-a-pageant, I wanted to take a minute to share some things with you, as well.
1. First, thank you. When I started this blog six months ago at the encouragement of my friend Leo Bottary, I wondered who in the world would want to know what I think about the marketing/PR world. So I’ve been amazed by the incredible conversations that have taken off here. Yes, I’m thankful that you take time out of your busy days to read these posts and comment. But what amazes me is the amount of insight and wisdom you freely share with the rest of us in those comments.
2. I’ve never felt more blessed in my life. Every single day, my wife and two girls say or do something that makes me feel like the luckiest man on the planet. I’m thankful for them and the amount of love, support and grace they give me. Why am I sharing that here? I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like I need to tell everyone within earshot something because my heart feels so full that it may burst if I don’t. Since it’s 10 p.m. at night, so my neighbors may get upset if I run outside and start shouting this loudly.
3. As I look forward to tomorrow morning and the wonderful chaos that awaits us, I find myself hoping that you, too, are surrounded by family and friends this holiday season. More than that, though, I hope that within that wonderful chaos, you take a moment to step back from the wrapping paper and presents to gaze at their smiling faces and know that the real gift is knowing that others in this world love you madly, despite your shortcomings.
4. Lastly, I want you to know that I hope 2009 has amazing things in store for you.
Feel free to share what you’re most excited about this week? It’s good to share the good things with others.
*Image by Chris Gin.