Last year at this time, I published my Five Wishes for the Holiday Season. When I give them a fresh look, I feel they still reflect what is in my heart for all of you. So I am republishing them with this blog. Yet I wanted to add three more wishes this year. Here they are, short and sweet.
1. Put First Things First. You know what I am talking about! If you don’t know what the first things in your life are, I suggest you make it a “first thing” to think about that!
A gift that wows or the perfect appetizer are nice to have, but if you are going to this much trouble for such incidentals, it is probably because there is a first thing out there that is important to you. Be sure the first things are not taking second place.
2. Give the gift of yourself. At this time of year, the way you use your time says a lot about what is important to you. Spending a little time with the people you care about is the greatest gift you can give.
I would like to share a recent personal experience in this regard. A member of my human family recently had a major surgery and was incapacitated for a brief period of time. Human medicine does not tolerate much direct canine involvement in treatment. All I could do was be there. 24/7. We spent hours together in silence, side-by-side, with me performing an occasional “drive by” sniff to be sure she was okay. Her scratch behind my ears told me that she appreciated the company. I sensed I made her more comfortable which promoted her healing.
Sometimes Just being there is the best thing you can do for a person. I know what you are thinking: Isn’t this just putting first things first? Yes!
3. Remember the Reason for the Season. At this time of year many religions and cultures observe important holidays and traditions. Whatever your faith or beliefs, keep them at the center of your celebration. This is hard to do! But dig deeper this year. Perhaps you can incorporate a new tradition of prayer or reflection into your holiday gathering to strengthen the spiritual connection.
My human team observes the Christmas season. For my readers celebrating Christmas, let me remind you that the Twelve Days of Christmas starts today. There is still much time to share with family, friends, and of course, your faithful canine companion.
Your Best Friend,
 I am second to none in my delight over a tasty appetizer, especially a juicy meaty beauty that slips off the tray into my field of operation.
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