How to Make Days Count Rather than Counting Down Days

It’s hard to believe that in just over three weeks we will celebrate Christmas. Personally speaking, I have gotten to the age where I become very nostalgic around Christmas. My days of having to stay up all night to be Santa are long gone and (hopefully) I am still a good way’s off before I get to experience the magic of a grandchild on Christmas.

Therefore, I take this time of the year to remember Christmases gone by. Memories of family members who have graduated to Heaven, old traditions that have faded away with time, and having and taking the time to just drink in the wonder of the season. Call me sentimental.

I don’t know why, but especially this year, in light of all that has transpired in the past twelve months, I am really soaking up the music, the scenes, and the Message of Christmas. Perhaps it is because of the stage of life I am in, however, I am trying to slow everything down and appreciate all of the blessings I have. 

As kids, we all looked forward to Christmas and counted down the days until December 25th. The doors we opened on our Advent calendars to get a piece of candy or pin up a member of the manger scene seemed to take an eternity to pass by. As adults, it seemed like Halloween was the day before Christmas as the last few weeks of the year simply evaporated. 

The point of this week’s post is to encourage you to not let the last few days of 2020 go by in vain. Yes, for various reasons, I think all of us will be happy to say goodbye to 2020. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you to slow down over the next few weeks, and as Muhammad Ali famously quipped, “Make the days count.” 

What is the best way to make 2021 your best year ever? Finish 2020 well. Don’t just mail it in for three weeks. There is still so much you can do, so many people that you can help, and so many problems just waiting to be solved. Let’s narrow it down to just one.

What is the one thing that if you accomplished between now and the end of the year would have the greatest impact on 2021? Do that. What is the next thing? And the next? My point is, don’t wait until the New Year to get your monitor revved up. Spend the next few weeks working on your motor so that when the New Year dawns, you are ready to jump from the starting gate.]

I assure you that if you do this you will do your job better than most other people, have better relationships with the people that are most important to you, and feel more confident and grateful than you have in a long time. Exactly the kind of person we all want to live with, work with, be neighbors with, and worship with. 

What can you do today that you will be glad you did tomorrow? Rinse and repeat. Again and again. Then you won’t have to count days because you’ll be having too much fun making the days count.

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