Karl Douglass

December 22, 2013 

What do you want for Christmas? That is the question of the moment. And the answer varies for each person you ask.

Some are focused on the essential. They want a coat to protect them from the cold weather or perhaps some new shoes to replace the beat up pair they have worn for far too long.

Others are looking for something more lux under the tree. They want a new HD TV for the man cave or an iPad Air to replace their iPad 4.

As for me, I don't want anything. I have a healthy family, great business partners and, most importantly, salvation. So, there really isn't anything I can or should ask for for Christmas.

Since I don't want anything, I have thought a lot about what I should give those I hold dear for Christmas. I decided that I need to give them more time.

I am already in the presence of those I care about for large amounts of time. But too often, we spend our time together checking our smartphones or absorbed by the Internet. Those distractions keep us from interacting well.

I can't speak for you, but as for me, it seems my constant quest to keep up with the 24 hour news cycle, tweet my most mundane of thoughts, check my email and respond to every text is causing me to miss some of the small moments that give us a small glimpse of divinity within our humanity. I don't want to miss any of those moments.

So, my Christmas gift to my folks is making the time we spend together more meaningful. I am going to focus on the face-to-face conversation we are having instead obsessing over the text message I just received. I am going to turn off the computer and the TV so that we can look at each other even if we don't have much to say. I am going to be intentional about deepening our relationships and improving our interactions.

And if you insist on giving me a gift, I would be thankful for more meaningful time from you, too.

Karl Douglass, Columbus native and resident, is a frequent commenter on local, state and federal politics. Follow him on Twitter@KarlDouglass or facebook.com/karldouglass.

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