Finding the Joy during the Season

Do you ever feel like the walls are closing in or the room is getting smaller?  I feel that right now with the holidays, a baby on the way, and the ongoing stress of COVID.  The holidays can be stressful enough but throw in some additional life situations, then the room gets smaller faster. 

If you are feeling the stress, anxiety, frustration, grief, etc. of season, I am there with you.  There is no shame in struggling with were you are in life today. I know that many families have had to make hard decisions in canceling upcoming holiday gatherings which tend to bring joy and comfort.  That many may be lonely over the holidays, but I want to assure you that this will pass.  Maybe not as quickly as we hope for or expect, but we will get there.

All I know is that it can all change in the blink of an eye. Life goes so fast and filled with adventures, relationships, journeys, experiences, memories, etc.  none of that has changed.  Just the situations around us change, but we can choose how we respond to these situations. With that being said, I am still probably going to be stressed and anxious however, my goal will be to find the joy, peace and comfort in the seasons and the holidays regardless of how different that may be this year.

My hope is to slow down, read a good book, relax, spend meaningful time with my family at home, make the holidays as calm and joyful as possible, and try to focus my energy on new journeys that await.  This is not a normal year, a normal season, a normal holiday.  So, I shouldn’t expect normal for now.  But hope for it in the near future.

My wish for you, for this holiday season is to find joy, peace, comfort, and love.  To express patience and kindness to those who are struggling with today.  Love people where they are at, not where you think they should be.  And if your room is getting smaller, or the walls are closing in, take a deep breath, step back, and look for the joy in the situation or find gratitude in the moment.

May you have a wonderful, safe, and restful Thanksgiving.      

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