(Best of Celebrating Your Journey – December 2, 2011)
To all my readers: With 2019, the 14th year of my Celebrating Your Journey blog articles, “From the Heart” byline, I will be offering the “Best of the Best” articles you found helpful through the years. Many thanks to everyone who have given input and followed along w/ each month’s lifeskill—Relationships/Core Values, Time Mgt, Career/Money Mgt, Recordkeeping, Possessions, Housekeeping, Wellness, Meals, Childcare, Recreation/ Entertainment, Reflection, and Celebration. For my new readers, may these lifeskill articles offer you encouragement, insight, and commitment to seek, reach, and achieve your life dreams and goals in synergy.
In the rush of the season, where do you hold on to contentment? Along with the fast-paced routine things of life, we have added Christmas shopping, holiday parties at work and community, and don’t forget the parades. You name it. And watch out for any pesky germs floating around knocking you out with a cold!
What does it feel like to be content even in the midst of all this running about? One of the first things that comes to mind is the gift of the phrase “no thank you.” What do I mean by that? Basically, there is only so much one human being can do, even when the pressure is on from the job, relatives, finances, and your own children. That’s when the brakes need to be applied ever so graciously with thank you but I am just not able to do one more thing. Begin to make this holiday season even more enjoyable and contented with saying “no thank you” to those few extra requests that come your way.
You will then have more precious time to get done what you are already committed to do and actually enjoy yourself along the way. Another thought comes with a combined question: “What brings you simple contentment to your life and what robs you of that contentment?” Focus on a couple things that release some of the “should’s” in your life that may not be necessary to be there. Maybe you have always been the one that organizes and hosts your workplace holiday party. Maybe this year, someone else can have the privilege. What do you come up with that would bring you more contentment during this season and into 2012?
Pick one thing that has robbed you of contentment…such as a part of your job, money, weight, a relationship. Choose one action that would make a positive change and help you regain some contentment. If it’s money problems, look around you. Have anything you could part with to sell for some extra cash? For a Christmas gift for someone, look around your home for something you would like to gift them, instead of spending more dollars. Yet, be sure it is something they would enjoy receiving and not just something you would probably throw away or put in a charity bin.
Could it be a relationship? Possibly, it’s about time to sit down and have a conversation about improving that relationship. Respectfully share what you need, and ask that friend, relative, or spouse what they would like to see happen in your relationship together.
During the holidays, contentment is yours to have, even if you happen to catch one of those season’s cold and end up in bed sniffling and sneezing. Grab that warm comforter, some hot healing herb tea and homemade chicken soup, and put on some sweet music to cheer the soul. And by all means, allow your family to pamper you and handle the holiday celebrations. I bet you will see loads of creativity arise from surprising sources…even at the last minute that will make forever memories for you and your family.
Whatever your plans, may this Christmas and holiday festivities be special for you all, filled with the joy of the season. And may the gift of contentment be yours to share throughout the coming New Year.