ADDA is an international organization with members around the world, all of whom are part of the adults-with-ADHD “tribe.” One thing ADDA has always been and will continue to be is inclusive and accepting of all members of this tribe. That’s why at ADDA, we try to be sensitive, avoiding “Christmas” greetings in favor of generic wishes for peace and prosperity. We wish everyone, “Happy Holidays!” This makes sense, as millions of Americans, and billions of people around the world, (4 – 6% of whom have ADHD!) don’t celebrate Christmas religiously, either as followers of non-Christian religions (Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews for example) or as individuals with no religious affiliation.
This year, 2016, is the first year since 1959 where Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day. So to those of you celebrating either, or both, of these holidays, we hope you enjoy this very special holiday season. And regardless of your religious or cultural background, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day or the Winter Solstice, ADDA wishes you the best for the season – and all year long.
And as this is such a special year, as winter takes hold and another year winds down, instead of being so eager to look forward to the exciting goals we have planned for next year, I wish you would take a rare moment (especially us ADHDers – always looking to the next new thing!) to look back over the year just past. We almost never take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.
This year, I’d like you to put off thinking about next year until, well, next year! Instead of New Year’s resolutions, think about your accomplishments and your adventures of the year behind you. What did you do you’d never done before? What did you try that you’d never had the courage to try before? What progress (even minuscule) did you make? And as you think of events, as you picture them in your mind’s eye… see the people you were with.
Every one of those people, and more besides, has made a difference in your life. As this year ends, remember what’s important. Reflect, with gratitude, on the life you enjoy, and for the people in it. This is a time for family, and every year, I remark, with wonder and appreciation, how our family continues to grow. My ADDA family expanded, more than doubling in size in the past year, and every one of you adds richness to my life for which I am eternally grateful. Thank you, to each and every one of you.