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Presence is a Present

Uncategorized Dec 23, 2021

It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not sure about you, but I love Christmas. To be clear – I’m not the guy who decorates his house Dec 1 and starts blasting Christmas music, but when I say I love Christmas – I mean I love the week or so that revolves around Dec 25.

Christmas is a time to relax, spend time with family, eat copious amounts of food, and remember the incredible gift of salvation that was freely given to us in that lowly manger in Bethlehem. According to one of the world’s largest porn websites, New Years Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day are the 4 least popular days for watching porn (in the listed order). 

This tells us that the natural elements of this season – family, food, fun, free time – can be incredibly rewarding and enriching to the human soul. We ought to pay careful attention to what transpires during these holidays so that we understand what causes viewership to decline so dramatically.

While the season is festive and celebratory for many, for others the season poses several challenges. It is a reminder of lost loved ones who aren’t around the Christmas table, a gateway for family conflicts and tensions to rise, and a rude awakening to the incomplete goals and promises of the past year.

As you embark on the holiday season, I want to encourage you with one simple piece of advice that will ensure you land in the right part of the statistics: Be present

Resist the social media and Netflix binges, be weary of isolating, and don’t back down from difficult conversations that might need to happen with family/friends that you will be around (if necessary). 

A few weeks earlier, I wrote about the importance of investing in yourself to experience breakthroughs. This is a chance to do exactly that. The greatest gift we can give our loved ones is our presence.

From my family, the DeepClean team, and our entire community – I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! 

Cheering you on,

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PSS. The most recent Christmas photos I have with my family are from 2019, so yes this pic is a bit outdated. Between COVID in 2020, and our move to Jamaica this year, we won’t get another solid family Christmas photo shoot until 2022. In case you’re wondering – I tore my ACL in 2019 and got the operation just a few weeks before Christmas, hence – the crutches (and the pain meds which gave me a bit of a stoner vibe). My brother and I thought it would be funny to take a pic with the crutches – my sister was clearly not impressed with the idea lol!

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