by Jim Henderson
President of William C. Huff Companies and
national speaker for estate downsizing and lifestyle transitions

During the Holiday Season, we are often surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. When we want to celebrate, as we do during the holidays, we like to celebrate with those we feel the closest. However over the years, my wife and I have lost several close friends and even family members. The holidays now also remind us of those we can no longer celebrate with, and I suppose this will continue each year as we continue to age.

As February is known for the month of love and kindness, I’ve made a conscious effort to make sure I always have friends or family to celebrate with, so I started by following up with acquaintances who have similar interests. I do this in order to develop closer relationships and the results have been amazing. I’ve created a number of close relationships with local business owners and leaders, and I truly believe they will develop into long term friendships in the coming years. Of course, I really don’t know what the future holds for my family or my friends but I’m certain that if I take the time to invest in others, a new good friend is bound to be on the horizon.

In 2016, I would encourage each one of us to try and forget what we have lost in the past and move forward creating new friendships and memories. If we focus on what we have to gain by investing in others, we will truly be rich in lifelong friendships.

When we take the time to be genuinely interested in others, we tend to not think of ourselves first. This is always a great formula for building new friendships – putting others first. It’s been a valuable lesson along life’s journey for me.

It’s my goal to develop several new friendships in 2016; friends who I can look forward to celebrating the next Holiday Season with – I wish you the same!

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