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Merry Christmas 2019

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. I’m interrupting the regular Mondays with Mike to come to you on a special Mondays with Mike about the Holidays! For today I just wanted to take a moment and reach out to each of you and say I want you to have a great Holiday.

I want it to be a bit of a different message today. As most of you know who’ve been long-time viewers, I’m a little more of a traditionalist when it comes to this time of year. And so this is really my Merry Christmas message. Oh I know, perish the thought, I said Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays.

And I did that on purpose and here’s why.

Don’t you think the world could use a little kindness right now? I mean you may not celebrate Christmas, I have friends that don’t celebrate Christmas, don’t celebrate the Holidays at all. I have other people that celebrate Hanukkah. I have other friends that celebrate other things.

And so what I’d like to invite us to do at this time of year is to go with the sentiment of the Holidays. If somebody says Happy Hanukkah to me, I’m not Jewish, but I’m not going to be offended! I’m going to receive it with the sentiment to which it is meant. Which is to wish me good wishes during this great time of year!

I think we can all at least agree on one thing, and that is we could use a little more kindness in the world, we could use a little more joy in the world, we could use a little more peace on Earth. And so perhaps we abandon the politically correct things that we’ve been told we can and cannot say, and that we’re less sensitive to what people say to us this year and more sensitive to the intent of people’s hearts. Just the fact that somebody wants to wish you a happy anything or merry anything is a step in the right direction.

You know, we live in a world right now where people are constantly at each other. There’s a lot of anger out there. And in the words of Mr. Rodgers “We need to make kindness popular again.” And so I want to invite you to come from a heart of abundance and openness this year. To look at this period or time of the year regardless of what you celebrate or how you celebrate it. And then to look into your own heart and the hearts of others and say “I want to celebrate this time of year and all that it represents – generosity and peace on Earth and goodwill to others.”

You don’t have to get caught up in all of the craziness of the Holidays – all the shopping and commercialism. Maybe just do something nice! Maybe hold a door open for an extra person. Maybe say thank you in a different way. Maybe give a bigger tip. I don’t know what it is, but what I know is that from me, all of my staff at The Staver Group, and my family, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. And I hope that you will take the time to be grateful for your blessings and the abundance that we are afforded by just our very lives.

So whether you celebrate this holiday or don’t, you say happy this or merry that, I hope that in your heart of hearts you will receive the well wishes of others in the way in which they’re intended. Which is to create an outcome that will make us all better people as a result of having come together. So, from all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas, and I hope you have an amazing, amazing Holiday. Take care.

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