In this crazy-busy-joyous season of giving, yes, we’ll spend lots of time thinking about shopping, about meals, about days off. We’ll also stop to reflect about what’s most important. Family. Love. Life. Gravy. And we’ll also hear many folks lament the fact that—in the zaniness of it all—we’ve lost touch with the true and deep meaning of the holidays. Gratitude, giving, the spirit of helping each other. In keeping with the happy-and-healthy wishes of the season, I’ll share a few things I’d like to hand out this year. Here is what I would like to give in this season of giving.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

Melted cheese the same nutritional components of salmon.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

Scientists the ability to figure out how we can burn six months of weight gain into six minutes of weight loss.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

Two flying flips about the photo someone just posted about their Montana-sized piece of lasagna right next to a photo of their wedding-ring-sized waist.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

You my wife’s gravy recipe because it is deeee-LICIOUS.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

My pants a little more stretch in the seat.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

My pants a little less reason to need more stretch in the seat.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

My seat a lot less attention.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

Myself the courage to spend more minutes in Gainesville Health and Fitness’s cold plunge. Without my water booties.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

The road more self-propelled miles.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

Every server the conviction to follow the customer’s perception— when refilling the house wine— about what constitutes a “good pour.”

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

It my all when it comes to one more mile, one more lap, one more rep, one more workout.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

Less of my all when it comes to one more smoked old fashioned.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

You my New Year’s Resolution, but I think you can figure out one or two or nine of them.

I’D LIKE TO GIVE…

You my wishes for a happy and healthy 2020.

by Ted Spiker