It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
(Or is it?)
I promise I’m not a Scrooge, but I will confess that this year, in particular, it has been more challenging for me to embrace the holiday season. Maybe you’re there with me…if not, feel free to stop reading and have another eggnog while I explain my current situation to the others.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had some very relaxing and festive holiday seasons in my life, but some years, it is admittedly hard to drop focus on all the things at work that still need some attention. Some years, it’s hard to turn off the worries and anxieties of the day-to-day to focus on what I know is actually more important. And to compound it all, that makes me feel pretty guilty…I want to be present with my family and friends, but sometimes, I just can’t slow my mind down enough to make it happen. And…while this isn’t the case for me personally, for many the Holidays are a hard time emotionally for various reasons.
So, what’s my point?
Let’s give a little extra grace this year…to that family member who just seems a little less cheery than they have in years past. To that neighbor who has been a little less than outgoing…to that cashier who can’t seem to access another fake smile for you…and most importantly, to yourself. It’s ok if you’re not feeling it. Give yourself a little grace. You need it. We all do.