"Tis the seasons to be Jolly..."
How many of us are??
How many of us are seriously stressed out and in flat our panic mode instead?
So much to do on an already stretched out budget with so little time... all these expectations to meet... and the food... and then the realisation that the year is almost done and what have we achieved... or not yet achieved in this time??? Tick tock - the clock is ticking and how to do it all in the time that is left?
Yep - I have been in seriously stressed bunny mode!!
Sudden wake up... what for??
I see all my old stress buttons getting pressed and I fall off my center and into my "please them all " mode… and I am a headless chicken for a while... dictated to by expectations and fear!! (Most of these being in my imagination and not real at all!!)
When am I going to wake up more and learn to live more fully for myself without trying to please others? I am still beating that old drum! What if this one is not happy with my gift? Have I spent enough on them? Are they going to get upset if this one gets this and that one gets that??
Oh enough already!!
What is this season supposed to be about?
There are many religious points of view here - and I feel so many of us have lost the vision and the idea of what this season is supposed to be and to mean... and we get caught up in an advertising hype of buy buy buy and please please please... it’s a bit crazy when you step back and really look at it.
To me, Christmas is supposed to be a message of love... and an expression of sharing and caring and giving from this place of love... remember.. . "it’s the thought that counts"? When did it become a time of comparison and living up to expectations? What can we do to bring it back to what it really is all about? Why not decide for ourselves what meaning to give it?
So let's find ways this year to express love and acceptance this year. To give that to ourselves and to others. Let's take the pressure off and let it be a wonderful, loving experience again. Let’s find ways to be kind and loving to ourselves as well.
Perhaps write out messages to others of how they have touched your heart this year, and of how proud you are of them... what have they done this year that is worthy of being noticed?
Perhaps we need to look deep into each other’s eyes and tell them how much they mean to us and how grateful we are that they are in our lives? Let's take the time to tell others about the areas in life where they have got it right. Let's take the time to look for the beauty and the specialness in each other.... and then... in ourselves.
Because After Christmas comes the dreaded New Year!!
Once again the pressure is felt as we look back over the last year and see all the things we have not done... all the areas where we failed!! This year... let's take some time to reflect on all the things we did do. Let's take the time to see all we have achieved and how much it took to achieve those things. Let's acknowledge just how far we have come. Let's acknowledge all the love and support that has been there for us. Let's connect to the spirit world and acknowledge just how much support and love we get from there.
From this space - we can then look forward and start to visualise what next - in a loving way - and in an excited way. If we visuliase from love and hope, then we are in a much better space to start the new year... this is far more powerful than from creating from frustration and disappointment.
Build your vision from love and passion.
We have come this far - ok great - now from here... what is the next step?
Hold a vision of where you want to be - and then pull back to just the next step... life is a long journey - and we don't get there until the end of this one - and then only to continue the same journey in a different way... so no panic and rush...
How about this next year we enjoy the process more? How about taking the time to stop and reflect and enjoy th scenery more... to look around us in wonderment of all that is there?
Have a great time....