Merry Christmas! Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday surrounded by family and friends.
I will be spending Christmas at my sister's in Massachusetts. When we all get together, there are 8 of us and when we blend our last names we become the Schwilber's. So this year, the Schwilber 8 will be together in MA! Fun! Here's a photo from 2007 (I think we need to take a new one with the Santa hats this year).
It's been an interesting December (and year) for me. In the past 2+ weeks I have been in the Emergency Room with my brother; in the Urgent Care Center with my mother and in the imaging center (twice) for me and the Doctor's office (once each) for my brother, my mother and for me!. We will all be fine and I am not telling this tale of woe for sympathy or attention but for the lesson.
When I was burning up with a fever a week before Christmas, the Universe was clearly telling me to slow down and not burn the candle at both ends. Whatever non-descript illness I had, it knocked me off my feet. I was exhausted and slept the better part of 3 days. It's the holidays, there is no time for laying around, especially for 3 days! But it's all I could do. So there were missed holiday parties and lunches, less shopping, less baking. And Christmas day is here regardless.
Not everyone enjoys the holidays. Many people miss their departed loved ones most at this time of year. If this is you, I am sending you lots of love and hugs. If you know someone, reach out and let them know you are thinking about them. We all need love and to be remembered during the holidays. Go make that call or send a note.
On this Christmas Day, slow down and take a deep breath. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. No one will miss the extra gift, or cookie or cake, if you couldn't get it done. Hug everyone and tell them you love them. Take lots of photos. Laugh. Cry. Love.
Wishing you peace, love and lots of sparks of joy this holiday season, Deb
Debbie Moulton is the owner of Real Life Spark, a coaching practice dedicated to Igniting the Next Generation of YOU!™