For Renewal: A Focus on the Family



Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,
He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!
“Pooh-Pooh to the Whos!” he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
“They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming!
“They’re just waking up! I know just what they’ll do!
“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
“Then the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry Boo-Hoo!
“That’s a noise, “grinned the Grinch,
“That I simply MUST hear!”So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow …
But the sound wasn’t sad!
Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so!
But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Who-ville!
The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook!
What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN‘T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”
~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

As I ended the work week I sat in my home office and thought about what I should write in my post for Saturday.  I couldn’t really come up with anything.  I thought about sharing a funning video a friend sent me, but I decided it really wasn’t what I wanted to say.  It just didn’t feel right.

I heard the bustle of my family upstairs so I took a break and spent time with them.  It was the last day of school for the year for my children who live at home.  They are excited and in full anticipation of the holidays.  We had dinner together, shared stories of the day, and reconnected after being apart.  I thought about my oldest son who will be coming home to stay with us for a week.  I love it when he is with us as he completes our family and our home.

Looking outside I saw a winter wonderland from a recent snowfall.  It really is beginning to look, sound, and feel a lot like Christmas. I paused and looked at my wife.

I knew what I would write about.

My wife and children like to say that I am best described as a “jogger and a blogger.”  I love to jog, no matter how cold it is, and I do enjoy writing my blog. As you know, I have a deep passion for greatness and use social media as a way to inspire it in others. Sometimes my writing takes time away from my family.  My wife is very supportive, but I know that I need to maintain a balance.

So, as I looked at my wife, I made a decision.  I decided I would give my full attention to my family and strive to experience the magic of the season with them.  My family is the most important thing in my life.  Just like the Grinch discovered, Christmas doesn’t come from a store.  Christmas means a little bit more.  To me, Christmas is about family, home, and commemorating the birth of Christ.

So, I’m going to sign off for the holidays.  I’m not going to post for awhile.  I’m going to get lost, as much as possible, in my family and in the meaning of the season.  Creating a proper balance of work and family will be my goal for 2014.  That may mean my posts will not be as frequent, but they will still come as I am committed to inspiring greatness and encouraging axiom leadership throughout the world.

I will be back in the New Year with more posts and thoughts on leadership and greatness.  Until then, I encourage you to focus on your family.  Give the gift of yourself to them.  Choose to make this Christmas one where the purchased gifts take a back seat to the gifts that don’t cost money.

Choose true happiness.  Choose to give the gift of yourself.  And, as always, choose greatness.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.




4 thoughts on “For Renewal: A Focus on the Family

  1. Thanks for all you do and the constant reminders of what should be the most important things in our lives. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

  2. Steve,

    I am going to miss these each day. Enjoy the time with your family.

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!!

    Mike Pratt Founder/Chairman


    From: Steven Lee Elder <> Reply-To: Steven Lee Elder <> Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013 5:34 AM To: Mike Pratt <> Subject: [New post] For Renewal: A Focus on the Family

    stevenleeelder posted: ” Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mt. Crumpit, He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it! Pooh-Pooh to the Whos! he was grinch-ish-ly humming. Theyre finding out now that no Christmas is coming! Theyre just waking up! I kno”

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