My pastor gave me a challenge this morning: To find a way to set new expectations for holidays.
Like so many people, I have few if any pleasant memories. Instead there are the ones of Christmas full of arguments and conflict, too much alcohol…and more frequently, too much time alone.
I have pondered this a fair amount today. What I am discovering is that I really don’t have a clue, so have backed up one question: What would a happy holiday look and feel like? What really matters to me?
The first answer is, relationships: People who love me and whom I love, spending the day together. To be more basic, the relationship I have with myself; things I can do that bring peace and joy into my own home.
So, what makes holidays happy for you?
Do you even think that is possible? I think so, mostly because I understand that I have the power to create the tone and mood of my own life.
This can be extended to everyday life as well:
Happiness starts within:
What I think
Which leads to how I feel;
The things that I hold dear
And consider to be real.
Love, joy and peace are gifts:
Meant to bless;
Most essential for health;
Better when we share them;
Our greatest treasures and wealth.
We have the power to choose:
Will we live
Or squander life away?
Oh that we will decide
To choose the fullest each day.