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It's the most wonderful time of the year! We hear that so much around this time, don't we? For many, this is the most wonderful time. The shopping. The presents. The trees. The lights. Parties. Time with friends and family. Celebrating the birth of baby Jesus.
For many though, this is one of the hardest times of the year. For those who have lost loved ones, struggling with personal and health issues, who don't have strong family ties, this can be so hard. I've seen the posts floating around Facebook about this, and I certainly do feel this acutely this year, but that's not my point here.
The peace, love and joy and general merriment that we tend to share and experience this time of year, why do we limit it to once a year? So many of us go crazy this time of year trying to get it all done, to meet a certain standard, for what? A day or two of get togethers and celebrations? My husband was at the mall yesterday getting a few last minute things and was struck by just how mean and miserable everyone seemed to be. What's up with that? I thought this was the most wonderful time of the year?
What if, instead, we take that desire to help others, to be present with family, to celebrate a power great than us, and apply that principal all year round? There are so many wonderful charity events this time of year, the toy drives and coat drives, the food pantries receiving a higher than normal amount of donations. But aren't there still children in need, people who are cold and hungry other times of year? What if instead of cramming it all in to a few days, weeks a month, we make this a part of our very way of being and doing? How would that change your life, your children, your family, your community?
Last night a dear friend and I were talking a little about this. We are so BUSY. Busy, busy, busy. I've come to hate that word. We piss away our days doing what? Rushing from one task to another, from point a to point b. Grumpy because we're tired, there are too many things to do, we've set an impossible standard for ourselves.
My thought today ... challenge yourself to find something good, intentionally have a little joy, connect with your people (family, friends, clients), give to others not just once a year, but every single day. See something that you know a loved one would enjoy? Don't wait until Christmas or their birthday, buy it, wrap it beautifully (or don't), and give it to them. Don't wait until once a year to prepare a special meal for family and friends, when the mood strikes, do it. Develop a relationship with your local support services, and do what you can to help others throughout the year.
Another day, another month, another Christmas ... it isn't promised to any of us. Find a way to enjoy each day, each moment. The joy is there, you just need to look for it.