This year I'm going to Take Away a gift from each of my loved ones.
In this day and age, of excess and rampant spending (okay, so not nearly as bad in years past, but...) where commercialism has overtaken spirituality, and objects are used to express love, I've bought everyone what they want for Christmas. And now I'm going to take one thing away from each of them.
With two solid weeks before we open gifts, I run the risk of spoiling the big moment with this post, but since I don't think my kids are following my blog anyway, here goes... From my oldest son, I am (figuratively) taking away Smoking. From my youngest son, I'm taking away take away Texting While Driving. From the two in between, I take away their Worrying About Things They Can't Control, like what other people think about them.
As a mother/wife/daughter/sister/friend I want only the best for my loved ones. I am not a psychologist, and I'm certainly not perfect, but I still wish I could pass on a little loving advice without sounding judgmental or preachy. I have no ulterior motives, nothing to gain personally, I just want the best for those I love.
And, so, my best gift to my family this year might just be the one I take away. Let's hope they see it that way!
Best wishes, Karolyn