#99 Are You Excited or Stressed?
Hi, It is the memories of what was that causes the sadness, I think. Wayne Dyer is one of my favorites. His words are wise.
Oh, Janice, it's like you got inside my head and wrote these words. Well said, spot on, and so relevant. Thank you, thank you!!!
I’m done with holidays. I go thru the motions for my son, although I suspect he doesn’t care. Daughter is far away and my late husbands family, well, let’s just say there is no contact now. These are just multiple stressful days full of tears for me now.
Mmm. I love your discussion here of how it depends on how you look at it! I agree, holidays can be stressful, but if we choose to look through the lens of "joy" and "want to", I find myself cutting way down on shopping and cooking and more on just being with my family members. Today I put up my mini Christmas tree (takes two seconds to plug it in). I'm all about presence not presents! lol
Two of my three children live out of state, so we never have a holiday where we're all together (it's hard traveling with small children, especially during the holidays.) Fortunately, I can travel and do so, attempting to split time between them.
But, the changes are hard. I remember my Mom got depressed at Christmastime. As a younger person I didn't understand why, but like all people, she had a backstory. Later, as an adult, I figured out why. For most of us it's the memories of what we don't have any longer. But, as with everything we must learn to let go and create new traditions that bring us a new kind of joy. Wayne Dyer said: "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." It's about perception, which is tricky, but not impossible.
I hear you Janice. We don't have a Thanksgiving in Australia so Christmas does the heavy lifting. My family lives far away, my daughter and her family in London. The good news is that all my family will be here for Christmas including my 90 year old Dad. What more could I want from Santa?
It will never make up for the loss of general popping in and out if we lived close by but I appreciate every moment of us all being together no matter how frazzled it may get at times.
I honestly just want to chill but I know that won’t be the case.