Well friends, I’m finally back. I’m slowly coming down from my holiday high. I was lucky enough to have several family members visit, some of whom I hadn’t seen in a very long time. It was fantastic! All the food, laughter and family antics kept me smiling the entire week. It was a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyable. I hope all of you had just as much fun.
It’s been quiet around here lately, so all the hustle and bustle was a nice change of pace. For the rest of the family, they got away from their jobs and stress for a while, so luckily just about everyone was in a great mood. I didn’t get much exercise, I over-ate almost every day, yet I still feel great!
Too bad it doesn’t work like that every day. But then, family gatherings wouldn’t be so special (or so well-behaved) if they happened every week. For me, this week was a great reminder of how breaking your normal routine and pattern can give you more appreciation and gratitude for your daily schedule. I missed a few favorite TV shows, I didn’t get to meditate every day, and went to bed at a different time every night. Small things, but it helps you appreciate the happiness you get from them when it’s temporarily taken away.
So as we all take a deep breath and rest up before the next round of holidays it’s nice to reflect on the love we felt and enjoy that tingle of anticipation before the next get-together begins. Enjoy these next two weeks before the holiday pace picks up again. As you go about your regular day, enjoy the little joys and the schedule you’ve created. And as the next holiday arrives, focus on the new and interesting people, places and events as they unfold. Delight in the change of routine and you’ll find more satisfaction and fun. Happy holidays everyone!