Um, did you feel any dread when you read that?
I used to. There are lots of reasons why some people despair or dread the holidays. First, it may feel overwhelming to think about the “extra work” that preparations will require. There’s shopping, and cooking, and wrapping, and cleaning the house for the obligatory get togethers.
It’s easy to get caught up in the consumption part of the holidays and overspend. Sometimes this happens because you think that having this, that, or thus and such will guarantee certain outcomes and memories that you hope to create.
For many people, though, the holidays evoke memories of sad things, and if you have a series of sad holidays in a row, it’s easy to think that holiday happiness is for other people – not you.
I say, “Pshaw!”
If you are an adult, you are responsible for creating and allowing your own happiness.
Remember, “You are your own problem.” This is actually really great news because “You are your own solution” is also true!
Every day this week I’m going to post part of a Holiday Enjoyment Plan to help you find ways to enjoy the coming weeks and mayhaps even bring some joy to others.
Your first assignment though, is to take a quick look at my post, Victim? Or, Volunteer?span>
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