Merry Christmas! This special time of year always evokes many magical
emotions for me. Feelings of excitement, anticipation, joy, and love top the list. While I typically separate my work life from my personal life, I can’t help but blend the two this week. Why not? It’s Christmas!
Christmas is, among many things, about the birth of a child and the start of a family. When I think about the image of the Manger with Mary and Joseph looking at their beautiful baby, I can’t help but be inspired by the heavenly gift of a loving family. A gift that was given to me and one that I will never take for granted. My family, specifically my parents Larry and Jennie Williams, are the focus of my thoughts today.
When I think about the gift of my faith and understanding of the true meaning of Christmas, I have them to thank for raising me in the Church. When I think about the many luxuries in life that I have been so fortunate to enjoy, I have them to thank for working hard to provide them for me. When I think of the education that I have received which is a foundation for my success in life, I have them to thank for teaching me and believing in me along the way. When I think about the dedication it takes to be successful at my job, I have them to thank for instilling in me the desire to work hard. When I think about the joy that I receive from helping and being kind to others, I have them to thank for demonstrating compassion for those around them.
When I consider each of the qualities and skills for which I am proud to possess, my mind always turns to my parents who have guided me in a direction that has been most rewarding for me. I firmly believe that the key to our success as a community, as a society, as a nation, and as a world begins right at home with a loving family. I am so blessed to carry the name Williams, and my burning desire is to pass on the lessons they have taught me. May the family in the Manger be an inspiration for us all. Merry Christmas!