We’re entering what, at least in the free world, is probably the most chaotic and busiest season we have. Visiting family and friends, shopping, cooking, cleaning, fixing, etc., etc. all on top of day jobs, regular travel and family responsibilities! Oy vay!
With coming right out of Thanksgiving – that day set aside here in the US of A designated specifically for slowing down and being thankful for things seen and unseen – let’s not forget to continue to be thankful on a daily basis.
Don’t be too busy to smile or too harried to say please and thank you. Your spirit will thank you. Don’t be so worried about the baking and the sewing and the decorating that you forget to relax in a hot bath, or have a quiet dinner with your special someone. It will do wonders for you both.
Don’t forget to ask for help when needed and delegate when you can. Remember that Christ was born in a stable, not a mansion. His parents were common folk who loved God above all else. They had a donkey, not a Mercedes, and they lived simply. There’s a lot to be said for that.
Give out lots of hugs; make calls to say hello if cards are too much; read Christmas stories and sing Christmas songs (or if your holiday is a different one, then celebrate it with joy); make a few less cookies; spend a lot less money; worry a lot less about the housework.
Our quality of life is not contingent on stressful schedules, impossible promises and baking more cookies than Mrs. Fields. Our quality of life is tied into our special relationships – and being available to them.
Celebrate them. Listen well. Speak gently. And remember to treat yourself with love, patience and understanding.
May your days be merry and bright, but not too long. And may you find a few moments to keep writing, too. See you next week! Nancy Q.