Today’s ‘Live Better With Willie Jolley’ Tip: The Twelve Days of Christmas

The First Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Self-Confidence!”

The old parable states, “You have to find happiness in yourself before you can give it to someone else!” Before you can effectively give to others you should take time and give to yourself, give the gift of self-confidence. This Christmas, forgive yourself of past mistakes and past failures, learn from them. Learn to speak good to yourself and of yourself, and then spread that confidence to others!! Before you can love others you must first love yourself! This Christmas, start with the gift of self-confidence!

The Second Day of Christmas- “Share The Gift of Love!”

The parable states, “love those now who never loved before, let those who always loved, now love the more!” To effectively give gifts, you should give gift that start with love. A gift given without love is paramount to giving water without it being wet! Give gifts with love and if you have no gifts to give, then just give love! “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…love never fails!” This Christmas, share the gift of love!

The Third Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of A Positive Attitude!”

Winston Churchill said, “The optimist see opportunities in every danger while the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity!” This Christmas, decide to look at life from another perspective, a positive perspective. You cannot choose what happens to you or what happens around you, but you can choose what happens in you! Choose to have a positive attitude! Attitude is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do about what happens to you! Remember, attitude determines altitude! So this Christmas, share the gift of a positive attitude!

The Fourth Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Hope!”

Edward Guest wrote, “The true measure of a person is not how did they die but how did they live, not what did they gain, but what did they give. These are the units to measure the worth of a person regardless of birth. These are the questions of which words should devote, these are the answers where you will find hope!” During this time of celebration share the gift of hope. No matter what is going on in your life, you can make it as long as you have hope! Nothing is more pitiful than a person without any hope. This Christmas, share the gift of hope!

The Fifth Day of Christmas – “Share the Gift of Joy!”

The Chinese have a powerful proverb that states, “If you want joy for an hour, take a nap. If you want joy for a day, go fishing, if you want joy for a year inherit a fortune, but if you want joy for a lifetime…help someone else!” Joy is a feeling of fulfillment. It can be found in faith, in family and in creating a fulfilling future! During this Christmas, share joy with everyone you know…it will bless them, but it will bless you more! Give Joy this Christmas!

The Sixth Day of Christmas- “Share The Gift of Happiness!”

Joseph Addison said, “The grand essentials of happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for!” Choose to be happy this Christmas. Lincoln said, “You are about as happy as you choose to be!” So, choose to be happy! Some people pursue happiness while others create it. I say create it… and have an attitude of gratitude! This Christmas, share the gift of happiness!

The Seventh Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Courage!”

Maya Angelou said, “In order to be the best you that you can be, you must have courage. You must have courage to be fair, courage to be kind, courage to be honest and courage to live your dreams! Courage does not come easily, but from it you become so much stronger!” Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is having fear and going forward anyway! This Christmas, share the gift of courage!

The Eighth Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Perseverance!”

Scripture says, “The race does not go to the swift nor to the strong, but to the one that perseveres until the end!” This Christmas, I encourage you to persevere. Most people give up too soon, like the man who was digging for gold. He became frustrated, gave up and walked away. He left the shovel in the ground and a short while later, another man came along, picked up the shovel and starting digging. He dug six more feet and hit a major vein of gold. The first man gave up six feet too soon! Don’t give up…keep digging and keep going after your dreams! This Christmas, share the gift of perseverance!
The Ninth Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Wisdom!”

The old saying states, “Fools learn nothing from wise men, but wise men learn much from fools!” Wisdom is a gift that can have a tremendous impact on your success. Most people think wisdom only comes from old age but that is not true. Wisdom comes from a willingness to be a student of life, a willingness to be a life-long learner. Wise people learn that success does not come from a certain set of circumstances, but rather from a certain set of attitudes! This Christmas, seek wisdom and share it with others!

The Tenth Day of Christmas- “Share The Gift of Encouragement!”

Edith Wharton said, “There are two ways to spread the light. You can be the candle or you can be the mirror that reflects it!” This Christmas, spread the light of encouragement, be the one who encourages others. Encourage them to go back to school, to start their businesses, to stretch beyond their comfort zones, to pursue their dreams. Most people go to bed hungry, not for food but rather for a word of encouragement. Encouragement is like perfume, when you give it to others you cannot help but get a little on yourself! This Christmas, give the gift of encouragement! You’ll be glad you did!

The Eleventh Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Dreams!”

Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “Nothing ever built arose to touch the sky unless someone dreamed that it should, believed that it could, and willed that it must! Those who dream big dreams are those who achieve big results! This Christmas, encourage others to dream and then to go after their dreams, no matter how crazy the dreams may seem. Remember only those who dream the impossible, achieve the incredible…only those who attempt the ridiculous achieve the spectacular! This Christmas, share the gift of dreams!

The Twelfth Day of Christmas – “Share The Gift of Faith!”

St. Augustine said, “Understanding is the reward of faith, therefore seek not to understand that you might believe, but rather to believe so you might understand!” This Christmas, I encourage you to have faith, share faith, livewith faith and love with faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. In a time of constant change many people lose hope. They are afraid to fly, afraid to drive and some are afraid to leave home. It is in these times that you need faith. Faith in your dreams, faith in yourself and faith in a God who will never leave you or forsake you! The old folks used to say, “To have faith is to step out on a sea of nothing and believe you will land on something!” As you go into this new year, I recommend you step out… step out on faith!!!! This Christmas, share the gift of faith!


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