Christmas was just three days ago (it’s hard to believe that there’s only 362 shopping days until the next one) and many of you are probably still digging out from under mountains of discarded wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and all the various flotsam and jetsam leftovers after Christmas. Vickie and I have moved toward simplicity — with music and books being our primary gifts to each other.
Thinking back though, I remembered the best Christmas gift I ever received and the funny thing is, it wasn’t really a Christmas gift. It was the gift of literacy (I think health is my second favorite). Why is literacy my favorite gift? Because reading gives me the opportunity to have adventures in space, go back in time, see dinosaurs, kings, queens, be a detective and explore new lands, foreign countries, the past and also the future. I’ve traveled to worlds that I could never have imagined (but am glad someone else did). I love reading fiction, non-fiction, business, educational (technology of course!) and even the occasional self-help book to keep my brain from turning to mush. Reading also enabled me to graduate from both engineering and law schools. I wouldn’t be here today without the ability to read; instead, I’d probably be digging a ditch somewhere.
Every Christmas when I receive a book, my first reflection is on the best gift I ever received, and I mentally thank my parents and all those extremely patient teachers for it. Take a moment today and ask yourself, what is the best gift you ever received? I sure hope it was literacy or health.
|P.S.||Comment and share the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received, whatever it was.|
|P.P.S.||The best thing about this gift is that you can pass it on to your children.|