I love Christmas. It’s a time of year we all become a little more compassionate, giving, caring and loving. We lavish the time and money on those we care about most and even consider and do something for those not so fortunate. It’s a truly magical time of year. Children’s faces all bright and cheery in the wonderment and magic of Santa, even the chaos in the streets and on the roads is a little more tolerable when we get given the gift of time to spend time with those we hold dear and have that moment of complete content. We’re all a little more thankful, a little more grateful for our lot in life and there is something so incredibly comforting in that.
Though as I sit here and write this, I realise there is always one person we forget to acknowledge, to be thankful for, grateful for and inspired by. Ourselves. It may sound super cheesy but life’s tough and we all face daily struggles, yet we forget to acknowledge our abilities to cope. To give ourselves a pat on the back for all the hard work, effort, time and energy we’ve given in the past year to all aspects of life. What I’m saying is, this Christmas, take a moment to focus on your achievements of all kinds, no matter how little. Consider all you’ve done for others (and I’ll bet you there’s lots- what about that person you let out even when it was your right of way), the accomplishments you’ve made, the journeys you’ve been on and the sacrifices made when you have those moments of reflection. It’s not just about the people you surround yourself with that are there for you in times of need but you, yourself and your abilities. Those close to you are thankful you’re in their lives and often show their appreciation in the form of a gift at Christmas. It’s high time we started thinking more of ourselves, as others see us. It’s never easy to do, I can appreciate that. Often we focus on the negatives when it comes to self reflection, but it’s high time we saw ourselves in a better light. So give it a try. Because in the words of Shakespeare ‘It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves’.
I’m grateful to you all as my readers and I wish you and yours a very Merry, healthy and happy Christmas.