Presents Vs. Presence

Both words sound alike to me, but for many, they are drastically different.  This year, as you gather with your colleagues, community, friends, and family, try to be thoughtful about these words and their meanings.  Instead of focusing all your attention on what “presents” you may give or get, consider giving the gift of your “presence.”  Whether the soundtrack for “It’s a Wonderful Life” or the background for the “Ball Drop” on New Year’s Eve, “Auld Lang Syne” reminds us to recall special memories of relationships and occasions we cherish.

Those memories are born from attention and presence. Bring your full self to every conversation, handshake, or hug.  Forget about yesterday.  Stop thinking about tomorrow.  Put your phone away.  Know that every day is a gift and enjoy the moment for the moment’s sake. What your family and friends really want for Christmas is YOU. 

Your presence is the greatest gift you can give your loved ones.  Take in every sight, sound, and smell of Christmas whenever, wherever, and with whomever you gather. You may just find the gift of your presence to those you love, may also be the greatest gift you give to yourself.  Merry Christmas.

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!  

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