What is it about Christmas that can leave us all feeling so wrung out? The stress of making sure we have presents for everyone; that no-one is forgotten from our card list; that we’ve got all the ingredients in the fridge and cupboard to delight our houseful of guests; that we’ve enough money in our bank accounts, or credit cards to pay for it all?
That we’ll get to travel in the worst of snowy conditions?
So much for peace on earth.
Instead of obsessing about creating your own myth of the perfect Christmas – which, let’s face it, will only leave you disappointed – why not be present to the moment, and enjoy the Christmas you’re having instead?
One of the best ways to snap out of the frenzy is to stop everything you’re doing for a moment and to take stock of all that you’re grateful for.
This year I’m grateful for lots
In the face of a stuttering economy, I have had a steady supply of work, and some awesome clients. I can’t name you, but you know who you are. I love that when you work with me, you turn up to the work and that between us magical stuff happens. For the pleasure of being with you and watching you grow I am grateful.
For the energy I’ve had to keep developing this blog and for the readers who’ve come to it time and time again, I am grateful. Your presence has helped it grow. Your on- and off-line input and feedback has helped shape it.
For my fellow bloggers whose friendship and support I’ve valued for itself, and in the marketing and techie aspects of the site, I am grateful.
2010 has been a good year.
Gratitude brings us back to ourselves; to what’s important. In being grateful our focus shifts from what we don’t have, or what’s not right, to what we do have and what is just fine. Gratitude energizes us, it allows us to sparkle and to zing. It’s part of the real magic of Christmas.
So, if you’re feeling stressed out over this festive time, remember to pay attention to what’s good in your life and give thanks for it. Engage gratitude to make your Christmas rock.
On that note, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The site’s taking a break over the holidays, but will be back early New Year.