I’m sitting here in my office in Gainesville, Georgia. You can tell by the Christmas tree behind me that it is Christmas season.
This has always been my favorite time of the year. When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to get the Christmas Sears Wish Book. And it just smelled like Christmas. I couldn’t wait to look at all the toys.
My mom and dad were amazing parents, and we have always had the greatest, most wonderful times of food, family friends, our community, our church.
You know, my father just passed away right before Thanksgiving—92 years old. He had a great life, was healthy. Never really was in the hospital. At the end, just, you know… old age, things wore out, and you know, he had a great life.
But it’s going to be crazy to not either have mama or daddy around this time of year, because this is a time of year where I most think of them and the community I grew up in and the people I grew up around.
You know, there’s a new movie out this year—I haven’t seen it yet, looking forward to going and seeing it—about Charles Dickens writing the book A Christmas Carol, where he wrote about Ebenezer Scrooge.
In many ways, it resurrected Christmas as a celebratory season in England at that time. There was a lot of poverty. There were really the haves and have-nots. And his story is about a young man who becomes a miserly, old, wealthy man, bitter, and all he does is count his money. And how the spirit of Christmas transforms him into a giving, loving, benevolent man.
That’s what I want to talk to you about, is that spirit of Christmas.
We live in a crazy world. We live in a divided world. We live where people are fighting with each other over politics, money—you just pick it.
Use this time of the year to find that spark of hope and love inside of you. To love people that maybe are hard to love. To specifically tell the people that you love, you love them. And to have that spirit of hope, and charity and goodness.
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Life is short. My dad and I in his last weeks, I remember talking to him. He said, “Son, I can’t believe I’m 92. I can’t believe this is where I’m at.”
I’m 60 now, but I can relate! I can’t believe I’m 60.
Time flies. We don’t get a do-over. Success isn’t just about the money you make. It’s the lives you touch and the lives you change.
This is a great season of the year. Find that spirit and spark of love, but then carry it into next year and through 2018. And have a great and wonderful holiday season that leads you to an amazing year.
I truly love being able to sit here and share a message with you. And my message is believe in yourself, love your family and have an amazing life.
I’ll see you at the top, because the bottom sure is crowded.
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