I certainly hope that during the holiday season that you are able to spend time with your family and loved ones and also reflect on those who were not as fortunate to be around this year and give thanks for the time that you have with one another and the time that you had to invest with others.
I also hope and pray that as this year comes to a close that you have much to be thankful for. I am very aware that times have been very hard economically speaking and that people are really financially lean at this particular time. I can certainly empathize with you. One of the things that I am so glad about is that the gasoline prices have fallen quite a bit because the grocery prices are still through the roof!
This year my family and I are spending time with each other and going to visit other families and also donate clothes and goods to other families. Now more than ever it is important to give.
My wife and I decided that during Christmas this year that we were going to get our son involved in giving and instead of buying each other gifts, we are going to give to those who are in need of some holiday cheer. We believe that it is the right thing to do and it will allow our son Rufus to see, early in life that it is better to give than to receive.
More On Giving
You all know that I pretty much share the ins and outs of my life with you and this email is no different.
I want you to know that I was very inspired during this years Presidential Campaign and I went out and registered people to vote, walked from house to house, drove people to the polls, attended rallies, went to viewing parties and I did all of this with my wife and my son. We had a phenomenal time working on the grassroots level, providing information and just helping people out.
I’m sure many of you know that I met a 92 year old lady by the name of Elisabeth who I visit once a week now. If you are not familiar with the story you can read about it here >>
Elisabeth is a sweet young lady and yesterday she called me and said, “Can you please come by, my television is not working.” So I stopped by her house and fixed her television, which was a remote control programming issue and then I went to wrestling practice.
Yep, that’s right. Wrestling practice.
I am now a Volunteer Wrestling Coach at Titusville High School in Florida and I’m loving it. The team lost last night and I almost cried. I’m finding myself getting emotionally involved with the team like I do with my professional clients. I told myself that I can’t do this roller coaster thing again, but here I am once again and its not even and Olympic year.
When I went to visit Elisabeth I was happy to see that the blinds in her home had been fixed and replaced. The place where she lives promised to fix her blinds over a year ago and they kept giving her the run around until I called the management company and straightened a few minor issues out. They were taking advantage of Elisabeth because she doesn’t have any family in the area or anyone to advocate for her.. well, not until now. My wife and I make sure that she’s taken care of.
So, that’s what’s been going on with me on a personal side. Well, that and my dissertation is like a rotating boot that keeps kickin’ me in the arse! Arrrrgggghhh!!!!
All in all, things have been great. God is good.
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday.
On that day most stores and retailers provide huge ridiculous discounts for ONE DAY ONLY so that people can get a jump on their holiday shopping.
I’m going to extend my Black Friday (sa-le) for more than one day and I’m going to have a Black Friday 72 hour (sa-le) so that you can shop all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Well, I want you to have time to run to the store to get the things that you need and I want those people who have family in town to be able to spend time with their family and I want those who attend church on Sunday and relax to be able to do that. And I want you to watch all the football that you need to watch.