Regrets also drift through minds during this season and the words, "if only, if only, if only." A good thought to remember is from the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Yesterday I had a wonderful time at an assisted living center during their holiday festivities. Seeing people of all ages chattering, laughing and sharing their stories was delightful! Giving time to (really) listen to another person is a great gift you can give. Money and positions come and go...but you can't replace moments of time. Once used up...they are gone. Sure, another opportunity will come through, but not in the same way. No two moments are the same. So as these days approach, think about ways you can give to others...and maybe, just maybe ~ it will add a little peace to your heart.