The new year is upon us. I can’t believe how fast time has flown. This year has certainly had it’s ups and downs. I’ve made some new friends and sadly lost some. I don’t know what this new year will bring, but I look forward to it. Starting fresh. I look forward to this year with the many new challenges and opportunities it will present. I can only hope that I will learn to better embrace what comes my way and not to take anything for granted.
So I’ve been feeling a little “Bah Humbug” these days. Things just are not going right and it’s making it harder to focus on the things that are important. I know this happens to everyone every now and then, and while I am working my way out of this phase, I will admit it hasn’t been easy.
You’re probably wondering why would someone be so down when it’s the holiday season? That is exactly my problem. I’ve been in a funk because I can’t do anything for anyone this season, but you see that is where I am wrong and I know it. It took some time to figure it out. Not always easy to convince someone as stubborn as me that there is always more than what meets the eye.
The holidays aren’t what they used to be. The holidays seem to be more these days about the gifts; what am I going to get? What am I going to give? This year I’m in the spot that I can’t give anyone anything because I’m not working. I’ve been out of work for some time now and it’s really starting to grate on my nerves. I was wrong in that I couldn’t give anyone anything. I can give time to help a friend out, laughter when a person is down, a shoulder to cry on when someone is just out of words. This may not seem like a lot to some, but it’s the little things like this that can make the biggest difference.
This holiday season I ask that you to pause, take a step back and look around. Forget the madness of getting to the mall, fighting the crazy crowds, and look at your friends and family. Be thankful to have them in your life (as crazy as some may be), be thankful to be making that once a year meal, and you can even be thankful that your crazy family will be going home after the holidays, but remember to be thankful that you got that time with them.
The holidays are about the giving of yourself, not about the most expensive gift you get/give.