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Archive for December, 2017

Wishing you a happy holiday season—and if that’s too big an order for any reason, wishing you genuine moments of gratitude.

I’ve shared these thoughts before at this point in the holiday season. I think I’m going to make it a tradition because I’m reminded of it each year, either through my own experience, or what I imagine others may be experiencing.

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This is a time of year when we may experience an interesting contrast of emotions. We might find ourselves thinking about all that we have to be grateful for—family, friends, our health, or just being alive. At the same time, our memories or expectations of holiday cheer may heighten our feelings of sadness or concern over the loss of loved ones, struggling elders, challenging family dynamics, career-related stress, or our own or a loved one’s ill-health.

When we find ourselves burdened by difficult or stressful circumstances, whether they be during the holidays or in life in general, we can still enjoy moments of the good stuff. It may be as simple or momentary as appreciating a ray of sunshine warming us through a window, a good conversation with a friend, noticing a beautiful cloud formation, a few hours free of responsibilities or immediate demands, or feeling good about what we might give or offer to others.

May you be grateful for the good stuff, even if you’re in the midst of the tough stuff.