Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Reflections

You matter

  • When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.
  • When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.
  • When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.
  • When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
  • When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.
  • When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.
  • When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
  • When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
  • When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
  • When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.
  • And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.

Aren't holidays great? They take you out of your life and give you time to think, reflect, plan.... and get stuck into that old hindsight! I have a lot of inspirational posts from wonderful positive blogs coming into my inbox each day. Seth Godin's blog is the bomb. His every word moves me and motivates me. He is truly changing the world. His words above have been a great comfort to me this year. 

The 'You Matter' concept has been beautifully explored by another one of my favourite bloggers. Angela Maiers did a great TED presentation on the concept HERE and has followed it up with some great motivating blog posts, such as her '12 Steps' one HERE. Watch the video at the end of Angela's 12 Steps post. Those young girls are inspirational.

Every single person you meet on your journey in life wants to know that they matter.

It's a busy time of the year. Beyond the presents, the food, the decorating, the expectations..... you matter. You might just make someone's day if you tell them that they matter too.

Happy Friday! I am off to wake up my sleepy boys for an early morning frolic on the beach... before the sun gets too ferocious! I am going to make sure that they know that they matter to me too!


  1. Merry Christmas A-M! I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your boys ..... full of fun and new possibilities. Leigh XX

  2. Lovely and wise words!

    Have a Merry Christmas with your loved ones! :-)

  3. Oh lovely!! Wishing you and your gorgeous boys a very Merry Christmas! xx

  4. LOvely words of wisdom! Have a lovely Christmas with those gorgeous boys of yours!

  5. Gorgeous post AM and gorgeous words. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
    Liz N

  6. Beautiful post today A-Me.
    Have a great day

  7. Beautiful post A-M Wishing you and your gorgeous boys a very merry Christmas, sending the gift of love this christmas xx

  8. Just a quick call in A-M (and blogger has fixed my comment problem YAY!!!).

    Merry Christmas A-M, I hope it will be a wonderful one for you and your boys. Thanks too for all the wonderful blog posts, I always enjoy my daily read.

    Look forward to catching up with you in 2012.

    Take care

  9. Lovely words and sentiments A-M.
    Have a great Christmas with the boys and I truly hope 2012 is better for all of us!
    Take care

  10. Beautiful. Love it. I'm making my own bon bons and have just decided to put one of those lines in each of the crackers. A nice way to let my family know they matter. So thank you for this post and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  11. No A-M! You're 'da bomb' for me. Love having you in my inbox everyday. Merry Christmas to you and your ones that matter to you. Until 2012.

  12. Merry Christmas A-M, love this holiday time! Hope you and the boys have a wonderful Christmas and new year xx

  13. I clicked on the link to the 12 steps by Angela Maiers and got an alert from my virus software about the site being a threat. Sorry don't mean to spoil it for you A-M but just saying beware to others.

    Have a wonderful Christmas from me too. I look forward to a lot more in the new year from you. No pressure or anything!

  14. What a beautiful and heartfelt post.
    I love it!
    Thank you for sharing what we all need to hear.
    Merry Christmas!

  15. Your blog just keeps getting better. This is a lovely post, particularly at this busy time of year. I loved the beach post too, those exercise machines on the beach are fascinating..! Merry Christmas to you and your lovely boys. May 2012 be the happiest yet. Love Rachael xxx

  16. Oprah says that the fact you were born means you matter and you are valuable. People need to be reminded of this. And listened to.


  17. As allways,... love to visit your blog and walk away with a special thought. may this Christmas be truly blessed for you and your boys..much love to you Colette XX ~ Afrique du Sud


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