- You get to spend loads of time with family – including some members who crawl out of the woodwork only once a year. We should be grateful for our family time. Think of those poor people who have decided to live and celebrate, independent of their extended family. They miss out on all the possibilities for personal growth that interacting with the family narcissist, martyr and black sheep provides. Oh wait! They ARE the black sheep. Well, not only do they miss out on those relationship dynamics, they also miss out on the fun of building a new relationship with a therapist.
- This is a glorious time of year for gift giving. It is the time of year when we can seek approval through overspending. And, what better way to show our patriotism than to keep the myth of continuous economic growth alive through our own share of personal debt? If you happen to be of another cultural tradition where a fat man in a red suit does not drive the economy, what an splendid chance this is to conform to societal pressure and adopt Santa! Oh, and we are truly blessed if we get some of that wholesome and quality ‘family time’ that storming the doors at the Black Friday sales affords us (since we won’t be able to afford anything afterwards). Don’t forget to bring Grandma along. Old ladies have the sharpest elbows.
- The holidays are the perfect time for a health check-in. How will we know we are truly healthy if we don’t push our organs to the limits? The holiday season is simply not the holiday season without massive consumption of alcohol to smooth all the wrinkles in the fabric of our families and to help mellow our experience of all this togetherness. So go ahead and make sure to give your health a good check. Emergency room staff like visitors, too, you know.
- Imagine what New Year’s resolutions would look like, in the absence of a month of gorging ourselves on rich and fatty foods? How would personal trainers make a living, without seasonal indulgences? In a way, we are going beyond simple gratitude here. We are, in fact, providing a service to others in our community.
- If you happen to find yourself alone over the Holiday Season that seems to stretch into one single abyss until Valentines Day has passed, this is the perfect opportunity to spend quiet time reflecting on those solid life choices. For the fortunate few, this ‘alone in the crowd’ feeling can be cultivated, even surrounded by loved ones.
What a wonderful time of the year!!!!
We know that, for many of us, the holidays are difficult. Let’s not make it worse on ourselves.
I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers, who celebrate the day. If you do venture out shopping, please remember who you are. Remember also that you have financial goals of your own that are worth honouring. Please don’t let cultural pressures push you out of self-care, into debt, or make you feel somehow inadequate, this season. Nobody’s life is like the Hallmark Channel.
I propose that, instead, we play a global game of Treasure-Hunt, this season! Let’s redouble our efforts to hunt for joy in everyday life, to be grateful for what we DO have, and to find every opportunity we can to be kind, to connect with and to serve others. This is the surest way I know to have a happy Holiday Season and truly happy life.
What are your REAL reasons to be grateful for this time of year?