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The Perfect Gift of Time

October 16, 2013

Time with our loved ones is precious and must be respected and embraced, not just during this time of year, but each and every day. Make the days count.

As soon as the last jack-o-lantern is tossed into the trash, it begins. Suddenly, front yards come to life with animated snowmen, houses are ablaze in twinkling lights and retailers run commercial after commercial with the phrase “Black Friday,” whipping shoppers into epic frenzy.

The holiday season has arrived.

But, despite the focus on giving the perfect gift, somehow, we manage to find our way back to the real meaning of the holidays—time with family, friends and loved ones, making new memories and joyfully reflecting on those from years’ past. For many of us who are parents or who have a special child in our lives, nothing brings a brighter smile to our faces than children during this time of year. Hearing a child’s laughter on Christmas morning, seeing them in their first holiday play or documenting their efforts to catch a single snowflake—these moments simply seem more magical. Tragically, for parents and guardians everywhere, this holiday season has been marred by the reality that there are times when we are unable to keep darkness from entering our children’s lives.

Most of the world is aware of the shocking and devastating event that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut last week. There are no words to properly convey how we feel and we will never understand the “why” of it all. I know many of us held our children tighter that night and maybe you found yourself checking in on them an extra time or two as they drifted to sleep. And as you have watched them hang ornaments or maybe seen them dance in their first Nutcracker performance, you realized that this is what this time of year is all about. Our friends. Our families. Our children. And most of all, the experiences that may truly be once-in-a-lifetime moments for us.

Within the WorldVentures family, we believe in working and living with passion. We love that our Representatives have fully embraced this value and live ”rich” lives that grant them the opportunity to take time out and spend it with their families, especially with their young ones. As a company, we strive to give back and not only enrich the lives of our own children, but also to those outside our homes who may need a boost in self-esteem, a new laptop to handle homework assignments or something as simple as fresh, clean drinking water.

WorldVentures™ and our philanthropic arm, the Manifest Foundation, has done all of these things and much more. Reflecting on our accomplishments continues to reinforce my belief in the many benefits of creating the Manifest Foundation. We work with some of the nation’s leading child advocacy organizations and have created powerful and lasting partnerships with them. Through helping children, we work to impact and change their lives and, in turn, change the world. Sometimes, these efforts involve building an entire school, like the 17 we have constructed in Guatemala, or hosting a holiday event for Big Brothers Big Sisters in our corporate office as we did this week. No matter the circumstance on how you are involved in their life, nothing inspires as much hope and promise for this world as when a child smiles.

Time with our loved ones is precious and must be respected and embraced, not just during this time of year, but each and every day. So, as the holiday comes and goes and we prepare to usher in a new year, don’t count the days. Make the days count.