My Dear Friends,
I have something that happened to me that has been weighing on my mind and I want to tell you what happened. As I was shopping for some gifts the other day I ran into an old friend I hadn’t talked to in years. I mentioned to her that I had also ran into her mother as well just a few days before. She told me that she and her mother were not on speaking terms anymore and that it had been many years since they spoke to each other. They live in the same town and both work in different stores right across the street from each other. This has been eating at me since that day I talked with her. I feel so sad about this. They are both very nice people. Life is to short to have that kind of strained relationship with someone, especially a mother. Maybe it’s one or both of their faults but that does not matter to me. My thoughts are not about whose fault it is. My thoughts are about what they are losing. They are losing the most precious gift we have, the gift of time. I really hope that they can make amends before it’s to late. Maybe this Christmas it could be more about Family, more about friends, or neighbors, or coworkers, instead of about stuff. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go of anger or hurt from when we feel that somebody has wronged us. I have worked and am continuing to work very hard to not harbor these feelings for anyone. I just know that someday one or both of these individuals are going to regret the years they let slip away while holding on to the anger that should and could be replaced with love and forgiveness. This is just one several examples that I have seen over this past year. There are so many people I know that have sacrificed great friendships or great relationships over simple disagreements. I think the best gift we can all give this Christmas costs nothing at all. It’s the gift you can give to everyone around you. It is the gift of Love and the gift of your time. Time is a very valuable and it can be such a great gift to others. Let those around you know how much you care. In the end it won’t be about who has or who gave the best gifts. It won’t be about who has the nicest house or the most money. It will be about how much love you have given to others. Thank you for everything you do for me. I truly want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Go to my website for a free download of the Christmas song that I wrote with my friend Amy Lacey called “A Christmas Wish” as well as a very old recording of a duet to “Silver Bells” I sang with my friend Lyndsi Housekeeper.
also thank you for the incredible sold out Christmas concert this past Friday night. There are no words to describe how great that was to have such an amazing celebration with my friends and family all in one place.