As this will (possibly) be my last blog this year I wanted to send my seasonal good wishes to you all. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is a season for calm, stillness and rest and maybe reconnecting to our roots in some way or other. If we follow the natural (Northern hemisphere) year, there is less light and heat and so it is a good time to reflect and rest just as trees and plants and many of the animal kingdom do.
I'm mindful that the celebrations for many of us are on hold as we make difficult decisions to stay away from family members. However we can still mark the season and occasion in some way. Much of what we do is based around ritual, decorating the tree, lighting candles, singing songs or carols or watching certain films.
What will be different and what will be the same?
Is there anything new you could add this year to your celebrations?
What can be postponed for later? Keep this firmly in mind- it's not cancelled just postponed.
If you're in the mood and mind for reflection please do have a go at this wonderful activity either on your own or with friends/family. It really helps you structure your thinking around the year and what you are hoping for next year. As I've said on many occasions, it is important to find closure before you move on to the new year or venture/job/home.
And now for 5 top tips!
Your love for someone is not based on the amount of money you paid for the gift.
Allow yourself to eat and drink whatever you want. Yes really! There are just two things to consider and they really are easy. The first is to slow down so you can actually taste it. Secondly if you are going to eat it choose to enjoy it!
Give yourself permission to be who you are - if you don't want to be life and soul you don't have to be, conversely we don't need to be stuck in a rut of misery even if we are missing our loved ones - a little lightness and fun can be just the thing!
Rattled? Take 5 seconds to consider your response because that is all it takes to save a situation from going pear shaped.
If ever in doubt about what to do, choose the kind option. It's not the time to comment on a person's weight, hair, etc. (Is it ever?)
Thank you so much for dropping by over this last year!