This time of year is filled with holiday movies, songs, stories, and celebrations. We turn on our TVs and we see commercials with families coming together to share a meal or the joy of a child when he receives a present from Santa Claus. But what’s our reaction to these things? Do we roll our eyes at a brazen attempt to manipulate our emotions or do we embrace the message? Sometimes one of the most difficult things to do as adults is to let go of our cynicism. With the many responsibilities and worries we may face, feeling lighthearted and carefree takes a conscious decision and effort on our part.
This holiday season, what would happen if you chose to embrace the magic and embrace what you may have dismissed as too unrealistic or cheesy? We have the power through our thoughts and through our choices to make this time of year magical not only for children but for us as well. The holiday season is the perfect reminder that we can’t take ourselves too seriously all the time. Life is filled with magic and wonder and joy, but if we get too caught up in the negative of our world, we may miss out on all the positive that exists, too.
This week in particular, I hope you will remember that it is just as rational to embrace the wonder and joy of the holiday season as it is to fret over the stressful things in life that we can’t control. Whatever it is you are celebrating this holiday season, I hope you will take time to relax, enjoy, and truly celebrate.