The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I'm programmed to multitask. I've done it all of my life. It's tough for me to sit by the fireplace, listen to Christmas carols and relax. Instead, I sit by the fireplace and relax while reading about capital structures or energy policy. Jamming out to Imagine Dragons during a workout is often replaced with the latest motivational podcast, dreaming of my next career move or what business I could create.
If you're reading this blog, you're likely either a searcher or an overachiever in dire need of truth-telling and balance. Perhaps you've spent most of your life focused on personal and professional growth and achievement. Perhaps like me, you've allowed the pursuit of success to consume your days and been so future minded that you've often forgotten to stop and savor simple moments - just using the five senses. Just breathing, enjoying and living.
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” —Willie Nelson
If there's one thing I'm sure of it's this: the more we stop striving and take time to experience simple, fun, relaxing or peaceful moments, the more we experience happiness. Watch the snow fall outside your window with a hot cup of herbal tea. Enjoy the scent of your favorite candle or the smell of fresh-baked cookies while you decorate your Christmas tree. Pen holiday letters on pretty stationery for the friends and family you won't have a chance to see. Don't think of what else you need to do or where else you need to go. Enjoy the small, simple moments by allowing yourself to live fully in them.
Enjoy December by refusing to allow your desires to overshadow appreciation for what you already have. Big ta-das are not promised, despite our best efforts, but simple moments are plentiful and always available for us to cherish. Shai
How to Make the Most of December
This December, if wishing and striving is creating stress or causing you to get discouraged, take this month off. Enjoy December for its simplicity. Make this December the most wonderful time of your year by recognizing the special, small moments that can be created in the the life you already have, not the one you might be waiting on.