Are You Ready? It’s Coming
I stopped at a store today, wanting to get some new hand towels for my half bath. I wanted Christmas ones. Maybe penguins, since my youngest daughter loves “Happy Feet” or snowmen, because the older one loves the inflated snowman her dad put in the yard. Or Rudolph, or…well you get the picture. I wanted hand towels that would reflect the season in a child’s eyes.
Imagine my surprise when the store (you know the big one I mean) had none left! I asked for help and the clerk told me that they had been sold out for a couple of weeks already. I said “What????” It’s not even December yet. She said it’s less that a month until Christmas.
Good heavens! I am so not ready to think about the big day being less than a month away. Yikes. I am not ready.
I’ve been busy getting a book ready to release on November 15 (Christmas on the Run) and trying to catch up with my life. Work’s been crazy, Life’s been nuts and I’m not sure which way is up. But Christmas is less than a month away.
So what to do? I really wanted to panic for a minute or two. But I’ve learned to do a few things first. So I took a deep breath. I sat in silence in my car for a couple of minutes. And I said the Serenity Prayer – at least seven times. <VBG>
As I sat there, I realized I have a lot to do in a limited period of time. There’s the chapter party I’m hosting…gasp…next Tuesday. There’s my granddaughter’s birthday next week. There’s a couple of big meetings at work next week. And that flashing light
blinking over and over. On and off. On and off.
My heart started racing as I wrote this. What to do? Hmmm. Then I wondered what do you do about this time of year and how do you stay calm? What if your health isn’t good and you can’t keep up to your usual schedule? What if family demands are making you crazy? What if you have a book release that’s adding to your pressure? Do your kids, family and boss have expectations about the holiday and how you should manage it? What are the traditions you feel forced to keep?
What expectations are you setting to make yourself crazy? Stressed out? Fried? Will you begin the year totally exhausted from this season? Will you sit down on December 26, totally exhausted and completely relieved that it’s over? Is this the year you promised yourself that things would be different? Will it be different or will it be the same as always?
What I realized (again) is that it’s my choice.
So I made a decision.
I will take control of the season and ensure that I enjoy every moment of it. It’s okay to buy cookies and cakes, rather than bake. It’s fine to set my priorities and live them, regardless of others’ expectations of me. And it’s important to remember that if I’m very, very lucky, I will have forty more Christmas Days. God willing I’ll be healthy for all of them. But forty isn’t many, is it?
So how am I going to enjoy, celebrate and honor this day? This season? This month?
By enjoying it. By reveling in the time of good cheer. By hanging with my friends and allowing life to unfold as it will. I can’t control very much, but I can manage my emotions and the way I react to life. Including the Christmas Season.
That is my commitment to myself and to you – I’m going to enjoy the moments, hours and days. I’m going to celebrate them. And I’m going to consciously prepare for the 25th in the way I want the day to be – full of joy, contentment and peace in my world.
I hope you’ll join me.
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