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  • We celebrated Christmas this morning, just as the daffodils were peaking through. You see, the family had missed Christmas last December, opting to forgo in favor of sailing in the Seychelles. But we sorely missed the ritual of family time in this way.

    So today we exchanged some things and had great cheer, perhaps even more cheer because we had chosen to celebrate this day instead of allowing the calendar to rule our lives.

    And that got me to thinking. We should make most occasions "opt in" instead of "opt out." We'll opt in on birthdays, anniversaries, and every holiday from now on. It may make our year a little mixed up, but we'll more than make up for that inconvenience with the joy that comes from making decisions and being in charge of our futures.

    Christmas in March? Try it and see how much difference a day makes.
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