Family Talk: Busy holiday? Slow it down
The other day I saw a sign in a store that startled me. “Only 47 shopping days til Christmas!” “Yikes!” I thought. “I gotta get going!”
By the time most of you read this, there will be a lot fewer than 47 shopping days.
With all the holidays coming up quickly, it's time to start thinking about ... slowing down. What? You might think I've got it wrong. This is the time of year we have to speed up, right? We've gotta start thinking about buying those presents, decorating the house and the tree. Wrapping the gifts, cleaning the house, cooking the dinner. Attending all those holiday gatherings. We can't slow down, you might be thinking. We've got to speed up!
But what if you took this holiday season a little more slowly? In my family, when my kids lived at home, we used to have a holiday activity limitation guideline. We didn't attend very many parties, gathering and events. We tried to do more things at home as a family. Our holiday seasons were still busy, but we tried to make sure they weren't “hectic." It took willpower, but it worked out well.
I know, during this time of the year, it's hard to think about slowing down. But do what you can to pump the brakes in your personal and family life. Ask yourself, “Do I really need to attend that holiday gathering?” What if, instead, you used that time to slow down and smell the hot cider and pine cones? This time of year is also a great time to slow down internally. Try not to crank up your internal motor and mind with anxiety, fretting or putting excess pressure on yourself.
Let there be peace on Earth this holiday season, and let the peace begin within you and within your family.
Jim Priest is CEO of Sunbeam Family Services and can be reached at email@example.com.