Every now and again you encounter a series of events that fundamentally changes the way you view the world. For me, the past few months have held a number of events that have definitely change my view substantially.

Looking back, I've realized that I placed a great deal of importance in objects. I spent time looking at cool new gadgets, tech and other gizmos that I longed for, so much so that I would buy them against my better financial judgement. I'm not sure if this is strictly a Joe thing, or a symptom of being very wrapped up in technology as a whole, but I have realized that this is not the way I should be.

As I mentioned above, a number of events have happened in my life in the past few months that have given me pause, so much so that I have taken time to evaluate my perception, my actions and myself at a fundamental level. What I previously thought were sources of happiness (gadgets, tech, and so on) I have realized were just a sort of bandaid to keep me going. The joy of getting that new NAS, or the new iPhone is fleeting. It feels incredible at first, but you quickly forget how it made you feel and look for the new gadget or gizmo to purchase.

I've realized, what is not fleeting though is the feeling you have when you are around those who love and care for you. I have never, not even once, found myself longing for a lost object (hold maybe one of signficiant sentimental value), but now, as this rough year comes to a close, I do find myself longing for those who are no longer around.

So, I suppose the point of this little entry is to pay attention to those who matter to you most, especially as we enter the holidays. It has been said a thousand times, I am sure, but sometimes you do not realize what you have until it is gone, this has held especially true for me this year. So take time, evaluate yourself and think of who matters to you and give them a hug and a kiss, while they are still there.