My grandfather – R.I.P. – was born and died poor – in money, that is. He worked hard his whole life but lived and died fulfilled, having wasted no time in recriminations, jealousy or pursuit of the ephemeral. He always told me, “Never make the mistake of thinking the world or anyone in it owes you anything – it’s the other way around.” During this season and in times like we are experiencing, his words often come back to me. I thought I’d share the following as my personal wish for myself, and one that I hope you will find worthy of sharing as well: Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
If you are taking off any time in the next couple of weeks – enjoy every second.