It has been an especially challenging year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. We’re already in November with the festive season just around the corner. If you’re anything like me, this may be the time that you normally start budgeting, make shopping lists and start planning your holiday season festivities.
Before you do any of that, I want you to stop. This may be the first time in my life that I’m asking you not to budget for gift shopping. Why not exchange time this year instead of gifts?
Start by giving yourself this moment in time. Take one moment today, and one moment every day from here on, and give back to yourself first. We’ve all had to play the part of hero this year. You have been brave, you have supported and loved your friends, family and colleagues, and you’ve made a plan to see this year through.
Many of us have lost much: our loved ones, our income, our security and we’ve even felt lost ourselves. We’ve had to be strong; we’ve had to adapt to a rapidly changing world and still, we carried on.
Take this moment to be still, to be kind to yourself, and to experience whatever emotion you are feeling. Whether it’s sadness, anger, anxiousness, worry, fear, excitement, love – connect with the emotion, and let it flow through you. Know that you are more than you thought you could be.
I am reminded of the beautiful sentimental ballad, One moment in time, that Whitney Houston sang at the 1988 Summer Olympics:
I want one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
I often tell my friends and clients that you have to look after yourself if you want to mean anything to anybody else. You are no good to anyone if you are not whole. Love yourself more, give yourself a chance to heal and replenish.
This year has taught us an important lesson: time is our most precious resource.
Can you gift time this year? I would love to hear your ideas on giving without having to put a monetary value on your present.
Always remember, when it comes to your money, be inspired, be brave and be on purpose.