The holiday season is upon us. The year is almost past us. What a year it’s been. It’s on all of our minds. It’s in all of our conversations.
This time of year, I always get reflective. However, I’ve been reflective almost the whole year! Since March, really.
Here are some things that I’ve learned:
- Health encompasses so much more than physical and mental. There is financial health. Emotional health. Social health.
- Whatever someone had going on before, these unprecedented times and events have likely amplified it. If someone had anxiety. If someone was blue. If someone was angry. It may not have even been noticeable. These unusual circumstances have probably amplified it. It might be noticeable now.
- My friend Christine taught me something that she read somewhere. In the past, I made a casual commitment to try and remember it. It’s more relevant and more necessary now. She said, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle.”
- Lastly, being kinder than necessary still does not mean being a door mat. We must have self respect and stand up for ourselves if we are feeling belittled, insulted or intimidated. We can do that firmly and still be polite.
My wishes for you during this particularly unique holiday season:
- That you can find and focus on the good bits in every day and relish them.
- That you are warm and cozy in comfy jammies.
- That you get to eat good food and enjoy delicious drink.
I wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy holiday season and a peaceful, prosperous new year!