We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate at this time of year.  For us, Christmas is magical.  Most people seem to be in a good mood, ramp up their giving spirit and take some time off from work.  I hope you are one of them.

Thank you for your readership this year, for your comments and encouragement.  My wish for you is that you get ‘enough’ next year.  Enough of what you need to sustain and grow you.  Enough to have more to share with others.  And enough to keep you happy and healthy.

Lynn Zimmer of the Sales Pro Insider team wrote a recent message about gifts that is worth sharing.  Lynn heard a woman stating that she has made the most of her ‘bonus’ 33 years of life after a terminal prognosis.  Lynn wrote:

It caused me to reflect on the many gifts that I can give to my family, friends and business associates that don’t need to be gift wrapped.

The gift of listening:  Take time to listen to other people.  In our world of multi-tasking, we many times overlook the importance of giving someone our undivided attention.  When you ask a question take time to really listen to the answer.

 The gift of time:  Mentally slow down and experience the moment you’re in.  Savor the special moments…and share them with the people you’re with.  It’s hard to do when you’re pressed for time, but definitely worth it!

 The gift of thanks:  Take a moment to give sincere thanks to everyone who has helped you this year.

 Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

  -Oren Arnold

  “Re-gifting” can be one of the best gifts of all.  Share these gifts with your customers, family and friends and experience the richness that returns.

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Thank you Lynn for the great gift suggestions!

Merry Christmas – or Holidays to all!