I'm gonna keep this post short and sweet. It's the holidays and we are BUSY! Physically and emotionally exhausted.
I just want to send a quick reminder:
Don't forget to take at least a few moments each day to be conscious about what you LOVE about this season.
There are plenty of things to dislike for sure. But we all have those feelings of love as well.
Year's ago, when our local mall was a busy place-that just might date me, haha-my husband would talk me into going there with him. No, not to shop, but to just take some time to sit and watch the people.
Yeah, I know, we all have our moments of people watching (airports, anyone??)
But this was different. It was as if he needed this time to really feel the Christmas spirit. There was an energy to it. All the decorations, Christmas music playing in the background and the general hustle bustle. Determined women, carrying their loot into the next store, the smell of spiced almonds at a kiosk, couples sitting in the food court and having a bite to eat, and of course the mall walkers-ever so diligent.
It was easy to imagine (if not actually feel) the various emotions running high. Excitement and anticipation for sure. But definitely a lot of nostalgia and unfortunately sadness as well.
It's a funny thing how this time of year can conjure up all these varied emotions all at the same time.
Well, I don't get to experience this anymore at our mall. Those days seem long gone. But I do love to take the time to be nostalgic, including acknowledging the sadness that comes with it, but mostly to remind myself of what I love.
The joint planning of get togethers, especially with my family. Deciding on gifts to buy and treats to make to share with friends and family.
It's easy to see these tasks in a negative light, but there's also a beauty to it that is hard to describe.
Here's the heart of the matter:
It's super hard to juggle everything this time of year. But it's so worth making a concerted effort to remind ourselves of what we LOVE and why we're doing it.
That reminder may be the thing that keeps us sane on a daily basis.
At the end of the day: Love IS the magic
P.s. Don't forget to keep getting in those 1 second video clips every day. I promise you will be so glad you did. It doesn't need to be hard or stressful. Just a quick video of what is happening in your day.
P.p.s. You can read my blog post here to learn about my favorite memory keeping app called 1 Second Everyday.
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