The Christmas and New Year period is a time for family, reflection and new beginnings; re-evaluating your priorities and aims for the coming year as you strive to live life to the full.
And time is a key word here, because, as the pace of life continues to accelerate and our time is squeezed by the ever tightening vice of modern living, the free space we have in our days/weeks/lives for ourselves and each other shrinks, almost exponentially.
Time is now one of the most precious of all commodities.
So, how about this idea: instead of joining the haste and chase of Christmas present shopping – the mindless mindset of needing to buy presents for people, for no other reason than because, well, it’s Christmas – STOP. Stop and think about what could be a more meaningful and longer-lasting gesture of Good Will and Good Intention towards someone. What could more positively impact on the life and future of someone you love – a partner, a family member, a daughter, a son, a friend. Think creatively and outside of the box, because one of the most valuable and sacrificial presents you could give someone doesn’t come in a box. The most precious gift you could give to someone is time … your time.
How you go about it is up to you.
If, after a short reflection, you feel you work too much, or too hard – at the expense of time for yourself and your partner, gift the time, one evening a week say – whatever the time of year – when you vow to shut down your Smartphone to have unadulterated analogue time, ideally in the outdoors.
Gift time for:
- A time for a starry night walk
- A winter picnic
- A jog/cycle/skate together
- A wild swim
Do whatever makes you feel alive. A simple reboot like this will be time (not money) well spent.
If you have a family, you might make New Year Resolutions – a parent to children commitment – designed to get the family outside more and have quality time packed with thrill, adventure and excitement, together.
To help with this, write down five family adventure resolutions for 2015. Your ideas might be along these lines:
- Have a family adventure once a month or even better, every weekend
- Climb a hill or mountain together
- Sleep in bivvy bags together at least 3 times in the year
- Cook and eat outside together at least once a month
- Enter a charity fun run/walk/cycle together as a family (run in fancy dress if you dare)
As a parent who has recently got the passion for family adventure, I know how powerful and life forming it is. I think the best present anyone can give someone else they love (and a parent can give a child) – is their time.
Parents … carers … families … friends, make time to make some memories together in 2015, as these memories will last a lot longer than anything you can buy from a shop, maybe even forever.
Time is precious, so spend it wisely this Christmas to ensure it returns rich rewards.