Upcoming HOLIDAY tips.
I woke up excited about the upcoming HOLIDAY I so LOVE, can you imagine
it is just SIXTEEN DAYS away!
Then I thought about how these next few days can also be stressful for many of us.
Because even though CHRISTMAS may bring us JOY, it’s also a time that
is filled with obligations to fulfill and all of the crazy schedules we have to juggle.
So I began writing about what I plan to do; like practicing using PRUDENCE
in how I balance the important time I need to devote to my loved ones,
and how I will also meet my responsibilities at work in this short period of time.
I don’t want to sound as if it’s ever easy to SIMPLIFY one's LIFE,
especially around the HOLIDAYS.
So I wrote a plan that has seven easy steps –
The first one is one that is meant to help me focus less on materialistic goals
that include the buying of gifts (many of them will be returned anyway),
and more on the ones I love.
The second is to focus on the more intrinsic goals that involve
PERSONAL GROWTH, connecting at my core – at my SOUL level
with others and truly finding ways of contributing to my FAMILY,
my NEIGHBORHOOD, my COLLEAGUES and my COMPANY.
The third has to do with setting just one new important and MEANINGFUL LIFE
goal this CHRISTMAS and taking the first step towards it.
My fourth is continuing to work on being more GRATEFUL and APPRECIATING
what I do have.
And the fifth is about catching myself when I start to worry and ruminate about
my problems or start comparing this CHRISTMAS to past year’s …
and saying STOP!
Yes STOPPING any negative thought in its track and reminding myself
about the TRUE MEANING behind my favorite HOLIDAY.
I sixth one and one of the most basic and important of the seven is; that I will take
time to reflect daily about FAMILY, about the things I TREASURE
the most and everything that makes me SMILE.
Finally I will begin each morning this CHRISTMAS SEASON looking for every
opportunity to cultivate the most out of LIFE in me and in others.
I would encourage you to try to do this too and remember, HAPPINESS takes work,
but can be achieved by a sustained personal effort.