It is a magical time of year but also one of the most hectic. With all the gift shopping, events to attend, traveling to do; we become preoccupied with many of the wrong things. In a blink of an eye the joy is being sucked out of the joyous season.
Pay attention to where you are placing your attention. Like how perceptions lend to beliefs, where we place our “attention” ends up shaping our (holiday) spirits. The good news, we have more control over where our “attention” goes than what we might think. Putting more “attention” on the cheer of the holidays is not about chasing away it’s stresses. It’s about bringing the chase to an end.
The holidays are meant to be a special reminder for us to be in the moment and/or reflect on the many things we should be grateful for – not the growing list of things to do and places to be. The unfortunate reality is that most of us hurry through this season without taking in the true meaning of it. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little intention and awareness, we can bring back the joy of this joyous time of year.
The next time you find yourself wallowing in holiday annoyances (traffic and long lines) refocus your attention towards all the good the season brings (connecting with friends and family who bring happiness to your life). It’s not about getting through the holidays but rather making them as magical as they can/should be. The only change needed is where you place your attention. The choice is yours!
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