This is the first moment I’ve had to sit down and reflect on the 2017 holiday season. There are very few signs that we even celebrate in or outside of my home right now. My hall is full of packed and unpacked boxes, two rooms have been emptied, kitchen cupboards are open, and shit is stacked everywhere. Lists of things “to do” are all over the place and I’m not quite sure which one I’m working off of. I know, though, that all of this will, in vert short order, lead to something amazing.
December 2017 has also seen some pretty tough family situations that cannot be set aside and addressed later. So, we’re working through some sensitive, emotion-filled, and difficult conversations and decisions. It’s just hard. There’s no way around it…. only through.
With all of this busyness going on, holiday decorations, trees, baking, and presents have been the last thing on my mind. I’ve been filled with the spirit of the Grinch. Truly. The cool thing is, I’ve been forced to focus 100 percent on what really matters… the people in my life.
My family has the ability to find joy, laughter, love, and gratitude in the face of the most challenging situations. One of us will always remind the others how much we have to celebrate, regardless of what might be going on in our lives. And each of us brings something unique and magnificent to our family, our work, and the communities we live in.
It has been so easy to get caught up in the list of things to do. The stress of all that is going on has gotten the best of me more often than not the past several weeks. I haven’t enjoyed life like I usually do. I don’t like me very much when this happens. The reality is that everything will get done and life will continue to move right along. Things will change and then they’ll change again. Being grumpy and resentful, resisting the need to move through the motions, and refusing to embrace life in the moment does more harm than good. Always.
Just breathe. Get through things one second at a time. Remember who and what you love. All will be well.