This may be the “happiest time of the year” but it is also a busy and can be a very stressful time as well. It is easy to get caught up in fulfilling all of the commitments we have said yes to and creating the “perfect” holiday for our families.
I say we take a pause from all of that and stop and listen to our hearts. Our hearts know the answer. What do we really want and need right now?
When we listen to our hearts, we may discover that we can simply give ourselves permission to:
- Slow down
- Say yes to what we really want and say no to all of the rest.
- Be okay with having a Christmas that is not perfect but is relaxed and happy as a result.
- Spend less money
- Enjoy this special time with our loved ones or by ourselves if we need some solitude.
Christmas, like many traditions can be a real mine-field of anxiety and filled with stress inducing triggers because of the high expectations we place on ourselves, the holiday, and those around us.
It takes courage to really examine what is dear to us and practice only the traditions that have meaning for us. It might mean saying no to people (which is a difficult task for us people pleasers).
I need to sign off for now but we will continue this conversation.
I believe these three things about courage:
- Anything that is important in life – it all starts with courage!
- When in doubt – listen to your heart. The heart knows.
- Always choose courage – taking baby steps is fine so long as you are moving in the direction towards courage.
It’s our turn to shine,
Let’s make it so, and
I Courageously Go!
Where I know I need to go.
I may be afraid,
I might resist…
In the pursuit of courage
I also might find
That when all is said and done,
Taking action instead of none
Is the way I want to live my life.
Therefore, I have won.
This photo was taken of me almost a year and a half ago (September 26th 2016) on my 50th birthday. I decided on that day that there is nothing more important than courage.
I was inspired by a quote from the late Steve Jobs, who spoke at the commencement ceremony of Stanford University in 2005:
Almost everything- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
I decided that I had no more time to waste. I committed to setting courage as my compass and choosing courage whenever I can in my life.
I believe these three things about #Courage
- Everything important in life starts with courage
- When in doubt, always move towards courage
- Courage leads to confidence and a joyful life.
It’s our time to shine. Let’s make it so,
and Courageously Go!
It takes courage to:
- Step out of your comfort zone
- Ask for help
- Try new things
- Be yourself (and make no apologies for it)
- Value your time enough to say no
To live an authentic life… takes courage!