Saturday, December 17, 2011

All I Want For Christmas...

In a recent article, Author Martha Beck urges readers to be specific about what they desire. She writes that "people who get what they want tend to be the ones who make the effort to know what they want." She brilliantly explains that you can't just tell a waiter to "bring me something delicious" and expect to be completely satisfied with the order. 

My clever seven-year old knows exactly what she wants.  Not only did she write her wish list in a beautifully crafted letter to Santa, but she took the time to explain why she really wanted each thing listed.  For example, the first thing on her Christmas list is a kitten.  Then, in red ink she wrote "I really want a kitten because they are cute and I love kittens."

This inspired me to write my own Christmas wish list. 

1.  I wish for exuberant joyWhat does that look like?  I want to shake with uncontrollable laughter that reaches my core and overflows with joyful tears.

2.  I wish for beautiful family memories:  Not just memories to occupy my mind, but fun-filled moments, delighted faces and loving embraces that remain alive in my heart forever. 

3.  I wish for a clean, well-organized desk/home office:  If the house-cleaning fairy or Santa's elves can pay a visit before Christmas, that would be so appreciated.

So, what would be the perfect gift for you this holiday season?  What is the one thing you would most like to receive or experience during this most magical time of year?

Here are some gift suggestions by Oren Arnold.  The best thing to give...

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

Love and holiday blessings to you,

Kathleen O'Malley

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