Writing a post like this is going to worry some people that I know. Some may wonder if I have been drinking too much Christmas wine and think that maybe I’ve got a hangover. I don’t. It’s kind of an expectation that we are positive and excited about Christmas, and in most ways I am.
I honestly love Christmas but sometimes it also drives me a little around the bend.
Christmas is a fun season for me. I love giving gifts and seeing the tree and the lights set up in our home makes it feel warm and festive. But Christmas can also have days when I am reminded of losses or of dreams that I have had to set aside.
I don’t know if you feel anything similar? There can be so many Christmas events to go to, so many gifts to buy. The shopping can get to you and maybe the expectation to always smile or be up? Maybe it’s because you are supposed to feel good or be happy, maybe that’s what makes Christmas hard sometimes?
If all that you do is pick things up, eventually your arms get tired. They become too full. Holding on to good memories can be just as much a burden as holding onto the hard stuff. Letting go and being at peace with your life is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to yourself.
It’s also one of the most difficult things to do.
I’ve decided to give myself a gift each day. Each day, I’m going to take a moment to just be. I will take a breath and just accept whatever moment that I have. However pleasant or difficult (or in-between) the emotions, memories, or thoughts might be.
Because right now is all that you have.
So right now, I invite you to take a moment. Take a breath and just accept whatever your moment is. Right now.
Give yourself a gift of just being present.
Keep it Real