Many of us have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season. And we often find very little joy in our ramp-up to the big day – now only 25 days away.
We love the season for reaffirming our beliefs, inspiring our generosity and encouraging our forgiveness.
Yet we hate it, too – the expectations, the long to-do list, the credit card bill to come.
But what if we choose to celebrate the season differently this year. And I don’t mean giving up any of our beloved traditions.
I’m suggesting, instead, that we add a new one.
Last week I spoke about the idea of mindful gratitude – the art of taking note of our obscure daily blessings.
What if, as we journey towards our holiday celebration, we developed a habit of being mindfully grateful for just 3 specific moments each day?
And what if we took that one step farther? What if we noted that very moment as it happened – in a small notebook or on our phone or maybe, even on our hand?
I know my mom does not like that last idea.
When I was little, my grandfather would write in my hand to keep me occupied at church. It drove my mother crazy as I wiped blue ink down the front of my new Sunday dress.
Whatever form you choose, what matters is that you notice these little bits of joy and that you record them as you experience them. At least three times each day.
Helen Keller wrote about this idea in her essay “Three Days to See” as she “wondered how it was possible [for her friend] to walk for an hour in the woods and see nothing of note.”
Keller suggested you approach your journey as if you would loose all your senses tomorrow.
It’s a valuable exercise for our stressed-out holiday season.
If I knew I could not see tomorrow, I think I would cherish the sweet smiles of children visiting Santa.
If I knew my sense of touch would be lost, I know I would treasure every hug.
And if my sense of taste disappeared, I would not worry one bit about the calories in that perfect pumpkin pie.
Much like Ms. Keller, I propose that we mindfully and gratefully take the next “25 Days to See Joy” in our journey.
I’ll share my lists on my Facebook page and I hope you’ll share your lists there, too.
Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy and gratitude. And mom, I may have to keep my list on my hand!
See you soon,
Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities. To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.