Q: In the midst of the holiday scramble, how do I remain present to the joy of the season rather than sprinting through it? – Tim V.
A: Tim, this is a question everyone should be asking, but most of us are just too busy to even ask! Here are my three tips.
1. Get clear. What “actually matters” to you? Spend some time now getting clear on this. Frequently our time is dictated by our schedules, not our hearts. We make cookies, open gifts, race to houses or services because that’s what’s on the calendar or “what we always do.” This season, decide to make your calendar reflect what really matters to you. Free your time and energy to do the things that matter most.
2. Start now. There have been years when I was so busy that I missed out on the spirit, the joy, the lead up into the holidays. My challenge today is to try something my family and I just started. Each night at the dinner table we light a candle and discuss what this month means to us. We have put in place a ritual that – regardless of parties, shopping, baking, special church services, caroling – ensures we reflect on the importance of this season.
3. Don’t stop! Have you ever woken up the day after Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve with a holiday hangover? Ready to get back to life and forget about the reminder the season is spiritually, the gift it is in our community, or the hope it offers for the new year…
I know folks who have their lights down, decorations boxed away, and tree removed the morning after Christmas. My encouragement is to keep the decorations up.
Yes, it’s good to clean the house after a party, but let’s not take down all the reminders of why we celebrated in the first place.
Tim, use this month to prepare you for whatever holiday you celebrate,to enjoy this season with those dearest to you and to prepare to ensure that 2016 is your best year yet.
It’s a journey, not a sprint. This is your day, and your season, to Live Inspired.