Living in the Present This Holiday Season
Again we find ourselves approaching the end of another year. As it comes, I wonder if people notice that two completely different events are about to occur.
First, there is Christmas. It has devolved to the expectation of gifts, food, and other ‘worldly’ devotions for too many of us. Then in direct contrast, there is the “New Year,” where we promote new resolutions aiming to change our lives over the next year. It can all seem so contradictory at times.
Over the past year, we have all experienced successes and setbacks. Some of them we are responsible for, some thrust upon us with little or no warning.
One of the essential practices to master as an adult is differentiating between what we can change and what we cannot. It is part and parcel of knowing what we can influence and what we can’t. No amount of hope can make you taller or shorter.
As we go forward in the New Year, let us focus on what parts of our day and lives are within our control and what aspects of life are not. If you can do that, you will not only be happier, but you will have a clear advantage over your peers who fail to see the difference.
Going on into Christmas week and on to the New Year, let’s live in the present. Let us not focus on what happened last year or lose ourselves in visions of next month. Make the most of today.
Now is what matters rather than yesterday. You get to choose whether it was a good year or bad. An attitude for success and optimism is the goal.
Mastering that, you create your reality where ever you are and, if you choose, enjoy a positive benefit for yourself and your family. With this in mind, I hope you enjoy your families and the warmth of good friends and co-workers.