Tis The Season! What are you giving???

Education & Training with Advantage Solutions Group

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

One Christmas when my grandaughter, Lily, was 3, she was the only small child at our gathering. Everyone was pushing their present at her urging her to open it next! She finally became overwhelmed and had enough and in a very loud voice said,”NO MORE PRESENTS!” Ah, the wisdom of a child!

 These days, she has embraced the materialism that is all around and has quite a long list of what she wants for Christmas. We even made the requisite trip to visit Santa yesterday. And, I’ll admit I love presents!!!

But I do love the special times with loved ones and friends more than adding another candle or bath salt to the stash…. I’m busy planning some surprises… shhhhhhhh… don’t tell.


In 2007, I wrote a blog post about Sharing Presence rather than Presents! One of the commentors isued a challenge to share the Top 100 List of ways to share Presence….so I am asking you to share your favorite by logging into that post and leaving a comment!

Also please check out the information about a  special project created by an inspiring woman, Cynthia Kersey. She wrote the wonderful book, Unstoppable. This year she has a very big vision to give back and make a difference in the lives of children by providing education. Just by going to her site and signing up for the additional information, a $1 contribution will be made in your name, but the project she has created is amazing. Take 3 minutes and listen here. Then help others and help yourself.


I hope you'll make lots of connections and make lots of plans to “be the gift” this holiday season.

Believe me, in terms of your quality of life and business in January… conscious thought to do this will be one of the best actions you could take!

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Comments (5)

Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

Joeann, love the mental picture of that little one! Good thoughts and I will have to go visit that post. Merry Christmas!!

Dec 07, 2010 10:58 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Joeann - lovely thoughts and so true! Cute grandaughter pic!  Nice to see you Saturday at the workshop. Let's chat soon!

Dec 07, 2010 11:27 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Great to see you and hear you thoughts. Love hearing about Lily...what a gift! Can't wait to hear more about your surprises!


Dec 08, 2010 11:04 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Thanks Margaret, Anna & Dawn!!!!

Dec 08, 2010 12:54 PM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Joeann ~  Being there.. or being present.. is the best gift of all... I did create a special blanket for my 79 year old friend and shared some pictures of just how easy it is to MAKE something that means a lot to someone.

Dec 13, 2010 04:10 AM