The holiday season is just flying by, and I am sure I won't have time to post again between now and Christmas, so I thought I would wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas.  This holiday season is so incredibly different than any that I have experienced so far.  For me it has almost been like a scene out of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".  I keep running into friends and family who have been so dramatically affected by the downturn of the economy (who hasn't?).  However they are reacting SO differently then I would have ever anticipated.  Just like the Grinch who is surprised that the "Who's" are NOT devastated by losing all of their presents, I have been so surprised at how my friends and family have realized the true meaning of this season (and life for that matter).  We all seem to have finally realized that all the "stuff" in our lives really isn't as important as it once seemed.  I can't tell you how many people that I have spoken to who have shared stories of losing their jobs, losing their investments, losing their houses, but gaining perspective.  Maybe it is just a way of coping with this difficult time, but I for one certainly hope that this lesson that life seems to be teaching all of us right now stays in our heads and our hearts.  Life is more than having a 4,000 sqft house with plasma televisions in every room, a Mercedes in the garage, and a Starbucks cup in our hand.  It is about having a set of friends and family that are willing to help you out during tough times, who are willing to spend the evening on the front porch watching the kids ride bicycles in the yard rather than getting a babysitter and going out for a night on the town. 

I certainly do hope the economy recovers soon, and I hope that the people devastated by this economic crisis can begin to rebuild their life soon.  However, more importantly, I hope that we all learn from this time of hardship and reconsider what is most important in our lives.  Kiss your kids more often, kiss your spouse more often, and enjoy what life has given you:)