How to Connect and Relax After the Holidays
I want to encourage you to try something I find transformative. As you are probably already noticing, this is one of those messages where I attempt to do something a little different than what I normally write, and speak to you simply from my heart. Today, I’d like you to stop, and just take a moment…
With the last 2 years being some of the most unprecedented and extraordinary of our lives, it feels like this holiday season has flown by faster than most. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just feels like this has been one of the busiest holiday seasons I can remember. In large part, I believe it’s because we’re all finding ways to reconstruct the lives we had before 2020 and relearn how to connect with our loved ones while enjoying our favorite parts of the holiday celebrations. Now with it being a few days since the major holidays go were here, I want to encourage you to take a moment to think about, and take inventory of all of the wonderful things that have happened for you, your family, and friends this year.
As much as the holidays should be a time where we seek togetherness and remain focused on such things, often I find that the opposite happens and our mind drifts to taking inventory of the negative challenges we have faced in the past season of our life. Maybe you find yourself, unintentionally, making a mental list of all the mistakes, problems, and things that could have or may have been done differently. Instead, I encourage you to take a minute to celebrate and be present in the blessings that you have experienced last year.
The holidays can be very expensive, yet one of the greatest presents you can give yourself today, doesn’t cost a thing. The gift of remembering that throughout all that life threw at you this year, you’re still here. And with all the challenges this season has given you, there are many wonderful opportunities that have also come along that you will carry into the new year.
With that in mind, I want you to ask you again, that wherever you’re at right now… Pause. Take a minute. Think about today and what’s important to you.
It’s important to note that while this can often be the most wonderful time of the year it can also be overwhelming, therefore I encourage you to find a minute to focus on the positive aspects that this past year has brought to you.
In closing, I wish each of you a joyous new year filled with lasting memories and the opportunity to pause, reflect and enjoy each moment.