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It is interesting, as I grow older and wiser and now my children have partners and lives of their own I find that Christmas feels different! When I had a younger family and we were all under the same roof it was financially difficult because of the expectations around gifts and the season events however offset by the thrill of Shopping centres and Christmas carols which excited our family and made the season come alive.
Now that it is only my husband and in the house and no grandchildren as yet!! This time of year is more about my relationships and slowing down to feel connected with those that I choose to be in my life. This also leads me to feel like there is so much more about this time of year than gifts and the commercial side of things. In the clinic our monthly competition has changed to a challenge!!!! (should you choose to accept). We have borrowed a Kindness Calendar and it has something very small every day that I challenge everyone to do. The gift of giving is not only around presents it is also about the ability to give of yourself to others without any sense or feeling of reciprocation. It's doing something simply because it feels good and it costs nothing but to someone else it may be everything.
I remember one year a very long time ago when I was in hospital with my youngest who was very unwell and had spent years in and out of hospital. I had a school mum come to the hospital and simply arrive with no other agender other than to give me a hand massage and manicure which she did then left. It was such a simple gesture and so very kind, and to this day almost 18 years later it still sits with me as one of the kindest and unselfish thing someone has done for me. It saddens me that we only stop this time of year to think consciously about this, I have no doubt that we are doing kind things often however how often to you stop and make a conscious choice to change the way you act and treat others? How often do you stop and ask, is there a softer way to say that so its heard by others and not reacted upon? What is one small thing could I do to make someone's life easier/happier? Challenge number 2, slow down and be aware during this month of your interactions, of your words and most importantly of your stress levels.
I have enjoy tremendously working with you all this year and sincerely hope you have a relaxing Christmas filled with love and wonder.