December is undoubtedly one of the busiest months of the year! Christmas shopping, holiday parties, visiting family, year-end business requirements, tax preparations, shopping for health insurance, sending Christmas cards, and so goes the list. Add to that the unplanned need to scrape a car windshield and it can feel like you are operating 15 minutes behind schedule at all times. AHHHHH!
The other morning I found myself getting swept up in the fury and stress. It is easy to join in when everyone around seems to be panicking! I took a deep breath and I thought about what I really needed to do. I realized I’m actually in good shape. There were a few critical things – finding someone to feed the Kitten for a few days. (Handled by text that same day) I also needed to pick up some presents or order them online but I had a few days to do that. There were others things I’d like to do like baking goodies for friends and neighbors. Truth be told – wouldn’t folks accept cookies a few days late if needed??
I realized it’s easy to get caught up in the swirl and madness. I love the holidays but realize it’s not about how many presents you buy or give. It’s not about how perfect your decorations are. It’s not about forcing traditions for the sake of keeping the streak alive. This season is about appreciation, generosity of words, spirit, and gratitude.
Maybe we all need to take a deep breath and remember the reason for the season. Maybe we need to see it as less of a competition. Maybe we can be the example of what the holidays really are all about. Maybe we will actually enjoy this December if we do! Pause, reflect for a moment, and be generous with your heart, actions, and words. Happy Holidays!