The Holiday Shoulds

I think it’s funny that within 24 hours of making the goal of writing here three times a week that the Universe decided to drop a box of crazy on me.  I KNEW the holidays were going to be a little tough but it’s always what you don’t see coming that throws you off.   As I like to say, you can have the best plan ever but you should be ready to meet Mr. Murphy at the door.  If you’re not familiar with Mr. Murphy, please see this link.  It might save you considerable frustration down your own road!

As I come out of my birthday, dash through Yule and sprint towards the New Year’s, I’m realizing something.  I’m realizing that I’m using a lot of verbs focused on hurrying and racing about my holidays.  Why did I do it?  Because there is something that overhangs our culture that says that is what you should be doing.  Hurry to get your presents!  Go go go to get on the road.  Rush rush to get the baking done.  Scramble to get the tree up and the lights hanging!   What kind of holiday is that?  As I simplify my life more and look to what is REALLY important I realize we all run the risk of needing a vacation from our holiday.

The real kicker?  It’s all our choice.

So, this Yule I am intending to kick back and I’m encouraging everyone I meet to put the caffeine down and step away from the hectic.  Take a look at what you feel you SHOULD be doing and weigh it against what you want to be doing.  Take a deep breath and relax.

It’s the holidays after all, right?

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Posted on December 24, 2010, in Happiness, Learning, Life, Perspective. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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