Friday, 16 December 2011

The Best Present Ever

" All the stockings were hung by the chimney with care
    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there"

With the holiday break now upon us, all that remains is the anticipation of opening some special present Christmas morning. Or perhaps, with work commitments complete, there's some last minute shopping still to complete in the search for that perfect present for someone else.  Regardless of whether its trying to figure out what someone has picked for you, or pondering what to get for someone else, everyone would like to find the best present ever.

One way to go is to give a better you to the world. Dr. Leslie Becker- Phelps of Psychology Today summarizes this approach nicely. Concentrating on the four domains of better organizing personal and professional commitments, taking care of one's health, accepting present personal limitations and setting realistic goals for the future can help make a person more present, and subsequently more of a gift to be around.

Diane Dutchin makes a different pitch at The Positivity Blog. She suggests that time is the greatest gift people can give or receive, and using it wisely is the best way to reward ourselves. So this holiday, now that we have some time away from the work place, I encourage everyone to give themselves some time for reflection on how to improve things for ourselves and for others. I'll be following my own advice and taking a break from Education Matters too. Watch for my next posting just before New Year's.  May the Christmas holiday be all you hoped for and the New Year bring you much joy and laughter!  
"And I heard him exclaim, ere he rode out of sight,
      Merry Christmas to All, and to All a goodnight!"

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