As I said in my last blog two weeks ago, "It's that time of year again". Only this time I'm referring to the busyness of the season. There's shopping, wrapping, meal planning, baking, Christmas cards, decorating, parties. The list goes on and on.
As I'm writing this, my husband is at the gym. I should be there too, but I have things I want to get done around the house. Instead I decided to first take this time out to write and BREATHE. I have to remind myself to do that. I didn't last week. That's why there was no blog.
The activities of the holiday season can be exciting and fun - especially if they're accomplished with love in your heart, not obligation. That's how it should be. Sometimes though, we get so wrapped up in things we perceive we have to do, that we feel overwhelmed and burdened, not joy filled. When that happens, we have to just STOP EVERYTHING, take a moment to ourselves, breathe, and figure out what's really important... what's really necessary. The people that love us don't want us to end up sick for the holidays because we worked so hard and didn't take care of ourselves. I think the best gift we can give to our loved ones is for us to be healthy and happy.
You know that "to do" list you have in your purse, "smart phone," table, desk, or where ever it might be? Take it out RIGHT NOW and place yourself right at the very top of that list. Carve out 10 minutes to an hour each day for yourself. Read, relax. watch a movie, meditate, window shop, take a walk or do whatever else makes you happy and rejuvenates your spirit. After that you'll be better able to tackle your "obligations" filled with peace, joy and love. You'll be happier and so will everyone you come in contact with. Give it a try so you and your loved ones
can enjoy a happy holiday season.