“A Letting Go” for the Holidays
“Celebration is a forgetting in order to remember. A forgetting of ego, of problems, of difficulties. A letting go.” — Matthew Fox
Holidays can be a real test to one’s personal growth. That’s the case particularly for me. I struggle anyway on a day-to-day basis to stay emotionally and physically healthy. I can’t imagine those that must go it alone.
But I find this to be a good time to focus on taking good care of myself. I can reach out and invite my healthy friends, acquaintances and members of my “family of choice” to my home, keep up with phone calls, and try to be honest, rather than jolly. I can refuse to lose myself in my former unhealthy behaviors. I can find other healthy people to be with.
Perhaps holidays offer all of us the chance to reflect on the impact our former unhealthy ways have affected our relationships and how much sharing these special times with others means. We are also able to appreciate what we already have, to better recognize our blessings because we have known the pain and deprivation of our former, negative ways.
The path toward personal growth is my holiday season, offering to me peace, simplicity and most of all, reality. I can choose an attitude of hope and gratitude. In letting go of expectations, I find much more to celebrate than I could have anticipated. My affirmation for today is, “I have enough, I do enough, I am enough.”
- A Gift So Rich This Holiday (christophersmark.wordpress.com)
- Are You Happy? (socyberty.com)
- Think Bigger (christophersmark.wordpress.com)
- Managing Holiday Stress (drdeborahserani.blogspot.com)
Posted on December 21, 2010, in Friendships, Holidays, Life, Mental Health, Opinions, Personal Growth, Purpose of Life, Relationships, Self Discovery, Self-improvement, Spirituality and tagged christmas, Christmas and holiday season, Family, Family of Choice, Friends, Friendship, Friendships, Honesty, Hope, Humanity, Intimacy, Life, Mental Health, Personal development, Personal Growth, Positive Thinking, Relationships, Self-help, Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.