5 Simple Essays to Prime Yourself for the Holidays
No time to write a full post - I'm busy enjoying a large plate of turkey and about a dozen different pies. But if you're itching for some good reading, I've got you covered. Here are five good reads to put the holidays into perspective.
Be mindful. Embrace simplicity. Serve others. Live well.
We aren't given the opportunity to live each day twice... however, we are given the opportunity to live it once and to live it well. Live each day, aware of the present; grasping at each opportunity to say, "I love you"; dancing in the rain; boldly telling disappointment to 'shove it'; never letting your heart stop smiling; and giving the mundane a shot of whimsical.
Experiences tend to teach us about gratitude. Being thankful for the moments that we are blessed to live. Appreciation for the people who we live it with. And a gratefulness for the lessons that we learn along the way.
Simplicity fosters gratitude. When you stop playing the materialistic game and your attention is not consumed by the unquenchable desire for more, you are able to give your attention to that which actually matters: enjoying the moment instead of seeking to create a better one; investing in people instead of impressing them; loving people instead of being jealous of them; living with people instead of competing against them.
The practice of being grateful that is often encouraged during the Thanksgiving holidays primes the heart and mind with contentment. As a result, you're more likely to have a greater focus on family and friends, more apt to give even if you don't receive and more inclined to get through the daily grind with minimal stress.
The next time you feel like complaining, take a moment to think about what you're thankful for. Gratitude and self-pity cannot co-exist.