December is one of those months when there simply are not enough days on the calendar.
We’re busy shopping for our spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, uncles, and seemingly countless others. We’re attending and/or planning several Christmas parties. We’re cleaning the house for out-of-town family members coming to visit.
With that said, I’ll get right to the point of this month’s letter. When you have some much-needed downtime, take a moment to hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you. Tomorrow, they might not be around.
My team at Akers Media Group certainly would back me up on this. Let’s just say that 2018 was a challenging year in our personal lives:
In February, our former salesman Mike Stegall lost his loving wife, Paula. They were married for more than 40 years.
In April, our managing editor, Leigh Neely, lost her husband, Richard, in a tragic automobile accident. They were married for 48 years.
In July, I lost my sister and best friend, Dondi Cote’. She was only 52.
In November, I lost my Dad, who was 75. In August, longtime staff writer James Combs lost his father, Jim, to a stroke. He was 71.
In October, graphic designer Caleb Jensen lost his beloved grandmother, Judy Martin. She was 70.
In addition to dealing with death, a few members of our team have dealt with health issues. Salesman Tim McRae underwent heart surgery, and Leigh was diagnosed with breast cancer.
It’s easy to take this precious life we’re given for granted. We’re all guilty of that to some degree. In the chaos of December, take a moment to tell a family member or friend how they’ve made a positive impact on your life, how they’ve helped you grow as a person, and what their love means to you.
That’s the best Christmas gift you could possibly give them.
Merry Christmas to you all and here’s to a happy and healthy 2019.