Live Life Out Loud
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
December 22, 2017

The holidays are officially upon us, which means everybody is talking about Christmas presents!!


Over the past few weeks, all this talk got me thinking about the gifts I've been able to receive not just during the holiday season, but throughout the entire year. And no, I'm not talking about material gifts. I'm talking about the gifts that resulted from interactions with people in my life... whether they be old friends, new friends, mentors, employees, or even people I've randomly connected with. 


Both personally and professionally, I've met many new people this year. Most of them are still in my life, but some are not. And I'm okay with that. Do you know why? Because every person was able to bring me a gift in one way or another. If a certain person did not enter my life when they did, or if an uncomfortable encounter never happened, many things in my life would be different. Every relationship I've forged, and each encounter I've had, has impacted my life... and it's really amazing when you take the time to look back and realize how these interactions with people, whether positive OR negative, can be seen as gifts.


I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and when you have a positive outlook on life, you are able to see the gifts you are receiving each and every day. More often than not, they won't be obvious, and they won't be coming to you wrapped up in pretty bows... but if you take the time to reflect on your relationships, I guarantee you will find a gift that resulted from each one. 


This holiday season, I am really focusing on the power of positivity. Someone recently told me that my positive outlook on life inspires others. Which is actually pretty funny, because in the past, I never would have considered myself an overly positive person. But simply hearing that I have the ability to inspire other people makes me want to continue my journey of looking at things from a different perspective.


So if you can't tell already, I am feeling very blessed this Christmas. As a result of my relationships and interactions, I was able to receive gifts of resilience, compassion and self-confidence (with no dollar amount attached), and I am forever grateful. With all of the negativity and tension in the world right now, my hope is that everyone can be a little more positive this holiday season and give the gift that keeps on giving... love!

© 2018 by Beth Parentice