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Precious time

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. - Barbara Bush

The holiday season can be a bittersweet time for many.  It inspires people to reflect on the events and accomplishments of the past year, on those they love and those they've lost. A few realizations crystallize in the process – how quickly time passes and how precious it all is.
It’s a reminder that time wasted on misunderstandings is just that – wasted. For some time I thought someone was upset with me, though I didn’t know why. Instead of asking them immediately, I let days, weeks and then months pass. Feeling the sadness of their absence, I finally decided to confront them – asking directly if I'd done something to hurt or offend them.
I (almost) wish they'd said yes.

Instead, they revealed that they thought that I was upset with them…What irony. We wasted precious time apart that could have been spent making memories and sharing special moments. And we can’t get that back. Ever.
We have one life. And our loved ones are not interchangeable. If you're upset with someone, or if you've hurt someone, now is the perfect time to make amends. If they love you they will forgive you. If you're important to them, they will build a bridge. But the first step is to reach out…you may be very surprised at what is waiting for you on the other side.

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