Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Funday: Keeping Focused On What's Important

No, it's not just you.

We said that to each other more than once yesterday, as we bumbled about, appearing unfocused, trying to get things done, but having our individual attentions in different places from each other.

Our apparent lack of focus has nothing to do with getting ready to travel again or with recovering from a nasty flu bug. It's got nothing to do with age or with missing some valuable sleep, either.

We notice it every year about this time, an apparent inability to focus that appears during the holiday season and happens to nearly everyone. In truth, what we're witnessing is the opposite of being unfocused - it's an intense zeroing in by nearly every individual to cross off the items on our personal to-do lists.

It has nothing to do with which holiday a person celebrates, either.

The Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha is done, and the last night of Hanukkah was Thursday. However, those who celebrate Eid or Hanukkah are no less focused than those of us ramping up for Christmas, or Solstice, or just an extra day of leisure.

The New Year is on its way - as everyone is well aware.

Nothing seems to focus the attention of human beings like a deadline. Some deadlines are like clockwork, or the changing of the calendar. Some pop up in a flash, like the deadline to leave a burning building. There's no bigger collective deadline for all of us, though, than the desire to get the greatest amount of tasks completed before we have to re-educate our brains about which numbers to put into the empty "year" space on forms.

For us, one of the most important things on our annual to-do list has little to do with politics, or cartoons, websites or corrections.

It has to do with thanking you for being our readers.

We hope this weekend you follow our lead and just take a moment to thank someone you know for what they bring to your life. Give a bigger tip. Donate something to someone in need, whether it's time, money, or just lending an ear to a friend.

Take a moment to remember what's truly important to each of us.
Then, thank those important people.

That's something we hope is on everyone's holiday to-do list.

Thank you, for reading the Daily Felltoon.
Happy holidays.

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