It’s so easy during this time of year to be stressed out and overwhelmed, and to be in a “bah, humbug” kind of mood. We’re in the midst of crowds, being jostled, and standing on long lines at our favorite stores. Or we decide to shop online, only to discover the items we need are sold out. We wonder why we signed up for yet another cookie swap or Secret Santa gift exchange. No wonder people are cranky this time of year. We can easily get sucked into the commercialism of the season.
BREATHE! During this time of year, we need to remember how fortunate we are that we can afford to stand in line to buy gifts for our loved ones, to entertain family and friends in our warm home, and to take part in the joy of the holidays.
I am grateful for so much in my life, but I often lose sight of this when I focus on all of the things that I think are “missing” in my life. They’re really not missing at all; they’re just not available to me yet. That’s my new perspective—that everything is already there for me—it just hasn’t made its appearance! I like thinking about my life in that way; it makes me feel that I am more powerful, more wealthy (in all ways, not just financially) and, ultimately, more at peace.
My wish for this holiday season is that we find many things to be grateful for, and move through these hectic days looking specifically for reasons to be uplifted, not stressed. Tweaking our perspective in this minor way will allow more joy into our lives, and will help us recognize what’s really important in our lives.