Greetings one and all…
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are here. Although Thanksgiving was late this year, the holidays seemingly snuck up on me. Like everyone else, I have been more than fully occupied with work, with family, and with LIFE this year. Perhaps that is why I am longing for a simple and sacred holiday season.
Yesterday I ventured out to run a few errands in anticipation not only of the holidays but also a massive winter storm bearing down on Denver. Needless to say, I wasn’t alone. Walking into my local grocery store, a man passed by and said, “Get ready. It’s CRAZY in there!” Honestly, he looked dazed and confused after his shopping experience.
So, I took a deep breath and forged ahead. Although the store was a mob scene, everyone seemed to be taking it in stride. Standing in line to check out, I chatted with people about their holiday plans—or revised plans due to the weather forecast. Instead of complaining about the situation, the people I spoke with focused on the essence of the season—being thankful for family, friends, faith, and good health. Pretty simple. And incredibly sacred.
This morning I awoke to over a foot of snow in my backyard. As I was shoveling a path for my low clearance dogs, I savored the simple act of shoveling snow. Once done, I enjoyed watching my dogs frolic in the snow. I realized the sacredness of ordinary moments in life. And, I decided to simplify the holidays so I have many more moments like the one this morning—moments of pure joy. What does simple and sacred look like? Consider this…
Share the Holidays with Loved Ones – Past and Present
- Share the moment with people who fill you up and bring you joy
- Continue life-giving family traditions
- Initiate new rituals to enrich the moment
- Share the stories of holidays past—remembering those who have died
- Create new memories to cherish in the years to come
Share the Holidays with Those In Need
- Volunteer to prepare/serve meals at your church, a shelter, or community center
- Invite friends, neighbors, or colleagues who may be alone to join you for a meal or festive event
- Be a courageous companion for someone who is grieving
- Recognize and serve the needs of aging family members
Share Your Gratitude
- Express your gratitude to family and friends for their presence in your life
- Be grateful for meaning-FULL work
- Be thankful for a reason to be—people and a purpose that motivate you to serve in beneficial ways every day
- Realize that every moment is a gift
In closing, I wish you and yours a blessed holiday season. We all have challenges to contend with during the holidays – some ongoing, others short-lived. Regardless, the opportunity to simplify our approach to the holidays remains. Focus on what matters most to you and then savor every moment. Simplify and experience a sacred holiday season. Take good care and enjoy the moment. Blessings to you and yours……jane
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