If I were to offer an excuse for the long gap here, it would go something like this: Since I last posted a blog here, I have: 1) Remarried, 2) Moved, and 3) Changed positions at my full-time job. All three have been very positive blessings, and I could spend the rest of this blog discussing the virtues of gratitude. But I won't.
Instead, I'm going to write just a short note; doing this on Christmas Eve is significant, and it's especially relevant. I think that as we rush around, buying gifts, attending social events, and, if you're me, avoiding the mall and Costco like the plague for the last six weeks, we lose sight of what's important. Yes, yes, I know this isn't an original thought. Hardly. But that doesn't make it less relevant. I think there are a lot of unhappy people around us, and the Holidays don't make them any happier. The only other thing I'll say about that is ... just appreciate being with loved ones. And love them for who they are, warts and all. And if you don't have loved ones close by, do some charity work. It'll put things in perspective for you.
I think one of my favorite traditions at this time of year is ... creating traditions. When I was a kid, the youngest of five, on Christmas Eve we used to light candles, turn the lights out, and slowly march around the house singing Christmas songs. It may sound cheesy, but that was one of my absolute favorite parts of the entire holiday. Now, my family and I make it a point to watch at least one holiday movie per night in the week or so leading up to Christmas. I can hear Christmas Vacation on the TV downstairs as I type this. Oh, that over-acting Chevy Chase!
People have all varieties of family traditions, and while what I described to you -- watching movies all December -- may sound boring, that's the beauty of it: you and yours can create your own traditions. And when you've built a really great one, you'll know it. You'll create memories for yourself as well as lay the groundwork for an event that you'll look forward to each year. It may only be once a year when you do this, but you're engaging in repetition. And repeating favorable, healthy, loving things is good for you.
In just the same way, when you do something as simple as think a happy thought (like I just did when I recalled walking around with my brothers and sisters, singing Christmas songs on Christmas Eve), you've done yourself some good. Being happy, thinking good thoughts are good for you; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Do it as often as you can, and you've got a LOT of chances to do this. Build that strong foundation of your life with positive feelings and thoughts and actions and ... ways of being. It takes practice, and the payoff is oh so worth it. Did I mention that hypnosis helps to develop this 'way of being'? I did, didn't I?
I'm going to go downstairs and watch the rest of that campy Christmas Vacation with the fam. I sincerely hope that whatever you're doing or did on this night, that it was with loved ones, and you created some loving memories for future use.
I'll be back sooner to write more of these; dang it, I feel better for just doing so. Until then,may your Holidays be safe and peaceful, and as always, may you take care just to take it easy on yourself.