Yes, this time of year is busy. And as I get older, it seems to get even busier. Work, family, friends—all good things, but having the time to do everything, see everyone and be everywhere you need to be can put a serious dent in your holiday spirit.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember reading that if you’re feeling more stress and anxiety than wonder and delight during the holidays, you should take 15 minutes to reflect on what matters in your life.
When was the last time you took 15 minutes to reflect about anything?
The truth is that if you’re like me you’re so busy trying to move forward in your life that you rarely take the time to slow down and reflect on the gifts that are right in front of you.
The people in your life. Your family, friends, mentors, your co-workers and your clients. These are the people—past and present—who’ve motivated and inspired you, who’ve supported you and given you guidance. They are there for you through the good, the bad and everything in between.
The experiences you’ve had and the places you’ve been. Places and experiences that have broadened your life and affected your sense of self, your sense of community— your sense of the world itself.
The talents you use every day. What you’ve learned, the skills you have, the wisdom you’ve acquired and the work you perform each day.
Your health. The ability to be well—physically and mentally—and live a full life.
As you reflect, what are the gifts you’re most thankful for this holiday season? When you slow down for a minute to look around you, what is it that brings you joy?
Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.