The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s around this time of year that everyone gets into the “retrospective” mood. We look back at the year that was. The ups. The downs. The stumbles. The falls. The successes and triumphs. The lessons learned. The questions asked. Friendships made. Relationships evolved. Money earned. The milestones and the memories. The holidays brings all of this out in one fell emotional swoop.

And on the eve of Thanksgiving, there’s no better time to not only reflect on what was, but look ahead at what will be. To put things into perspective.

But above all, now is a time to be thankful, and to understand and embrace what matters most. What really matters.

Take some time off. Unplug. Really, take a break. You earned it. Your clients will be there when you get back. That proposal will get written. Those emails will get answered. Calls will be returned.

Soak in what matters. Be present in the moment. Let the holiday be about drinking too much beer. Let it be sharing laughs with your cousins about that one crazy uncle (we all have one, don’t lie). Let it be about rifling through $3.00 DVD bins at Best Buy around 2am on Friday morning. Hug your grandparents. Watch a cheesy Christmas movie with the people you love. Take a nap during the Packers game. Relax. Live. Enjoy every minute.

As they say, It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Don’t let the holidays pass you by without taking the time to really enjoy them.

What are you most thankful for this year?

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