Do you get lost in a blur of expectations? Life does not stop for the Kodak moments of the past to catch up with the present.
One of the stressful aspects of holidays is when traditions collide with life circumstances. Add to that the expectations exalted by the media for a ho-ho-holiday and you have the recipe for stress and the ho-hum-holiday blues.
If your life looks anything like mine, you find the picture shifts – not so predictably – from one year to the next. All sorts of transitions can occur in a year’s time. Re-locations. Job changes. Children leaving home. Children moving back in. (Yipes!) Aging parents. You name it. Life does not stop for the Kodak moments of the past to catch up with the present.
With all that in mind, I want to share a little secret that has maneuvered me through many holidays with low to no stress.
Ritual-making. The kind of ritual-making that supports tradition but does not need tradition for its power. Add a dash of creativity to the mix and you will uncover alternatives that answer to who you are and where you are.
What do I mean?
A creative ritual is chosen and executed with mindful intention. And a creative ritual allows you to be the greater part of the equation, empowering your life and relationships in the best of ways.
Need an example?
Here’s a personal favorite: In particularly hectic years, Ray and I don’t exchange Christmas gifts with each other. We go on a special artist’s date instead. After the seasonal dust settles, we plot our course based on what spikes our creative juices in that year. We start with a brunch, browse and meander from destination point to point gathering our treasures, and usually round out the date with music, art, books and a stout cup of French Roast somewhere. Our day is complete with breakfast at IHOP in the wee hours of the morning. This ritual focuses us and sets the tone for how we wish to see ourselves in the coming year.
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