I was talking with a few friends and they all agree that for some reason Christmas this year just does not “feel” typical. It’s like putting on your favorite cashmere sweater only to find out that it’s too small, itchy & uncomfortable. Something seems to be off and I am determined to figure out what it is. This week, I have given myself a mandate – find your joy. Find your bliss. Find your inner Santa.
Whether it’s with families and friends or at the bottom of a mug of spiked egg nog, the mission is simple – get out of my head and get into the season. I need the “holiday magic” – it’s better than any anti-depressant. I am in desperate need of some “Christmas Prozac”. So I am putting on my PJs, cranking up the holiday tunes and immersing myself in babies, baking and boozing. I figure one of the three should make this Scrooge McGrinch smile…..
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I can only speak for myself but the holidays for a small business owner can be both a blessing and a curse. Existing clients want their projects wrapped up so they can begin the new year fresh, old clients seek your advice on decorating their homes for the holidays and new clients want to begin projects in the hopes that Santa will find a way to finish them before Christmas.
Believe me when I say I am truly blessed to be in this position, but at times I feel that I am in the trenches with no end in sight. When I get that feeling, I look to this quote …..
This weekend I had a similar conversation with a friend who was hosting her first family gathering for the holidays and was feeling a wee bit overwhelmed. She fretted that the cranberry sauce wasn’t going to be perfect or the turkey would be dry. She was worried about when she was going to put up her Christmas tree. As we talked, her list of stuff continued to grow and eventually I gave her the same advice I gave myself here. Every journey, every right of passage, every process has an end – it’s a fact (I looked it up Wikipedia). The outcome may not be always what we want it to be, but if we focus on getting through the rough patches and not wallowing in the delicious misery of the situation, we will be better for it.
So my friends, as we enter firmly into the holiday season, don’t stress. Work will find its way to completion. Presents will be bought. Dinners will be cooked. Because in the end, the “hell” we see it now will be the fond memories we will cherish in the future.
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