Many publish holiday buy lists to their followers this time of the year. Like many of you do, I enjoy reading some of these in order to get some new ideas for Christmas presents especially for those who are a tremendous challenge to buy something for.
After receiving a number of requests this past weekend to do the same and, after spending some time thinking about what I could possibly recommend, I realized something. At this stage of my life I no longer desire more things. Yes, I am fortunate and so very grateful. The markets, with both hard work and lots of luck, have provided everything I could ever want that money can buy.
The only things I truly desire now can’t be bought in a store or online. At times, trust me, I truly wish they could. The things I cherish the most now are good memories and good times.
Looking back, 2013 and especially the last six months, was a year of personal challenges for me. However, it is the good memories I have had with family and friends, that are the most important and valued gifts I have received this past year. Therefore, my one and only recommendation is for you to figure out ways to make new and special memories with those who you care most about next year. If you can figure out how to do that and make specific plans to do so, that may be the best gift at all for those who you love.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Thinking back through the past year, what are things that you did with those who you care about that you and they really enjoyed the most?
What things did you want to do that you did not find the time to do that you need to make happen next year?
What are things you keep saying “I will do this someday” with the people you love and like the most?
Life is short. No matter how hard you try, you will never have enough time to do the things you want to do. My father certainly did not and far too many others who have passed away in my family recently did not either.
The biggest fear I have really has nothing to do with the market, but rather, that I won’t also make the time to do the things I most want to do with those who I love and like the most. Because of this, I am always trying to do my best to do something about that and not make the same mistakes I see so many of us make each and every year.
If you can also figure out how to make more good memories happen, or at least give yourself and those you love many more opportunities to try, that most likely will be the best Christmas gift of all. It is only up to you and I to make it happen and I am confident that we can all do it if we try.