Happy Holidays!

By John Aberle | Business Lifestyle

Dec 25

This season of the year is a wonderful time for reminding us of what’s important: community, connecting with others, sharing love. Oh, don’t forget the lights and music.

It’s late Christmas Eve in Covina California where I’m writing this greeting. The tree is brilliantly lit with colored lights and capped with a white star. The gifts are spread around it ready for tomorrow and shortly Dorothy and Martha will put out the stockings.

And to ensure that the body, as well as the spirit, is well fed tomorrow, my darling wife, Dorothy, together with her sister Martha, daughter Stephanie, and niece Pamela have invested a large portion of the past two days preparing for tomorrow’s meals. We expect 15 people for breakfast with dishes like a breakfast soufflé of eggs, cheese, sausage, and bread; mush (deep fried cornmeal patties); eggs; and bacon. Then we’ll exchange and open presents with those of the family who are here for breakfast.

By mid-afternoon, we should have 21 family members gathered for Christmas dinner and more gifts with those who arrived later. We’ll have a 15 pound turkey and a large ham, cranberry-orange relish using my Mother’s recipe, and all the trimmings and pies. It’s going to be a wonderful feast. And the best part will be sharing with family.

This will be our intimate community tomorrow. Six families will gather under the extended family of Granny Hawkins. It takes a major holiday to get us all together. One member of the family, Kevin, is in the Navy. He’ll be missed but understandably he chose to stay in the Seattle area to spend the day with his infant son, Jackson.

Yes, gifts are nice, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy seeing the excitement on people’s faces when they get something they really want. I enjoy giving things I think the receiver will like. I enjoy receiving a gift from a loved one who thought of me and selected something she or he thought I would like.

But I also get pleasure out of the spirit of giving and sharing that permeates this Holiday Season. I love seeing the people making an effort to ensure that those with little financially will have enough to enjoy Christmas too. In McAllen Texas, I was one of the breakfast club Rotarians who gave part of one Saturday to do the bell ringing to collect for the Salvation Army‘s program. Then in El Paso, as part of the Westside Rotary Club, I helped assemble food baskets for 100 families. It was a wonderful team effort and very satisfying. There is something wonderful that happens when you give with no expectation of return.

Remember too that the simple gift of a smile and a warm greeting can often make another person’s day. It costs nothing beyond the thought and tiny effort to give.

So, I’ll close this article with a wish for you that you get to enjoy whatever it is that brings joy into your life this season. May the Spirit of this Holiday Season (Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Kwanzaa ) bring you and yours joy, peace, health, love, and prosperity.

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My first Kindle eBook, How Relationship Selling Rewards Small Businesses, went live on April 24, 2012. https://amzn.to/2BaP2AH I've lived a lifetime of service and spiritual search so it's natural for me to incorporate these attitudes into my work. I believe that selling and marketing are spiritual service when done with a heart-centered, relationship selling approach. All of business success comes down to building strong relationships.