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Posted: December 25, 2009 12:00 a.m.

The best gift of all

It is hard sometimes to enjoy Christmas day for thoughts of returns, exchanges, thank-you notes and the 10th turkey salad sandwich in the near future. It may not be your first thought, but I think you should give yourself one more Christmas present this year, a present that will continue giving all year.

It isn't a present that will come with a 2-year minimum contract or a first year special rate of any sort. It also doesn't require monthly or quarterly "convenient payments." Whoever invented the term "convenient payments" had a very twisted sense of language or humor.

Perhaps both.

It won't require assembly ("some" or otherwise), batteries, registration, authentication, updating/upgrading or checking for the latest version. It also doesn't need to be chained down, locked in a safety deposit box, insured or otherwise guarded against misuse or theft.

Need a hint? What is the one thing you have been wishing for all year? (OK, we all wish to win Mega Millions, but a bit more down home sort of wish).

Think about it, at the end of the day, on the weekends, just about any time someone asks about one more trip to the store, activity, etc., we say, "If I just had more ...." Time. Except this present of time isn't to be spent carpooling, shopping, squeezing in one more round of a video game. It isn't long enough for that. Take 15 minutes out of every day simply to relax. Relax and be nice to yourself.

Opportunities and/or obligations for striving and activity will still be there at the end of the 15 minutes. But unless we can be nice to ourselves, there is little chance that we can be nice to others. Merry Christmas!

Patrick Durusau is a resident of Covington. His columns appear regularly on Fridays.

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