Anyone that knows me knows that Christmas is not my favorite time of year for many reasons that I won’t go into now. But this year has been different for a few reasons.
One: I have two little kids that are so excited that I can help but be a little bit excited as well. And it is fun to get stuff for them. I am actually looking forward to Christmas day with them.
Two: For the first time in a few years I am not stressed about money, at least not totally stressed. Bills are paid and all be-it a simple Christmas it is done and all paid for and I still have $16 dollars in my pocket.
Three: The team of people I work with all pitched in what little we had to make Christmas possible for one of our own. Most of the people on my team are in the same boat. They don’t have a lot of money and need all they have to survive. But one among us had it worse then the rest. This person works hard and is doing the best he can for his family but Christmas was going to be sparse for his kids. So instead of doing a gift exchange for each other we pooled the money we would have spent on gifts and gave it to our teammate. It was not much but it will make the difference for his family and that’s what counts. It was so nice to see these people put aside their own wants and even needs to help out their fellow man.
Four: I manage a team of 6 people and I have three men that I report to. We work in the mortgage industry and all three of these men have seen their share of ups and down in this industry and are in about the same shape as my self. These three guys bust their butts day in and day out making sure the rest of us have jobs and are able to do our jobs. They go to bat for me and the rest of the staff all the time and put up with a ton of stress to make things better for everyone. I honestly think that without them this job would not be around. And it is because of this job for me right now that I am able to take care of my family and have a good Christmas. Now I know that they are not making a lot more than me and that they are rebuilding things for themselves right now as well, yet they are sharing what little they have with all the managers that work under them. I was touched. These three men do so much for the company and for me personally and then to receive a gift from them was almost more than I could bear. I am full of gratitude towards them. They are the best of men and I am so blessed to know them. They truly showed me what the true meaning of Christmas is. It is not about ones-self, but about those around us. I don’t know how to repay these men and all I can do is make sure I give my all every day I get to work for them.