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The Gift I Want Isn’t In Stores This Year

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving, which means two things: hundreds of online shopping deals are crowding my inbox right now. And, it’s the last day I’ll allow myself to indulge in yet another piece of leftover pumpkin pie.

Admittedly, it was over a Saturday slice of pie that got me thinking about working out. How many miles would it take for me to run off three days of overeating? That got me thinking about Christmas. No way will I take home leftovers from the next family party. Which got me thinking about gifts. Oh no, I have no gifts yet.

Somewhere between looking at discounted sweaters and Amazon’s best tech deals, I realized no bargain will get me what I want most: time.

I don’t get excited about the Black Friday shopping frenzy. Quite frankly, I’m terrified of crazy moms fighting over the last Talking Elmo in the checkout line.

Which brings me to Cyber Monday. By 8 a.m., I had dozens of emails about online deals. I have got to stop giving out my email address. Somewhere between looking at discounted sweaters and Amazon’s best tech deals, I realized no bargain will get me what I want most: time.

We all want more time for holiday shopping. Or an extra day of vacation. We want one more hour to finish a project, or a few more minutes to get out the door. I wish my hugs lasted longer and that my “I love you’s” were more than three words.

It scares us to see toddlers grow into teenagers. To see our parents turn into grandparents. And to see ourselves turn into someone we may never thought we’d be.

We certainly won’t find more time in the discount section or next to the 50-percent-off dinnerware. Instead, we have to create it. Meaning, spend less time on your phone. Visit a friend. Write a note. Quit burying loneliness. Stop judging. Give and forgive. And most importantly, be patient. We all have enough time in life. Whether or not it’s satisfying, is dependent on how we utilize it.