Tis the season….for parties, socializing, family, friends, gift giving, drinking and food….and much more. On the flip side, tis the season for feeling alone, financial struggles, depression, regrets, failures, world sadness. For me, I am finding that I have a few things that I struggle over even more so this year.
I miss my family the most this time of year. We are not nearby and I can’t drive over and drop in for christmas dinner. We usually get together at some point throughout the year and we will cheer “Merry Christmas” while we are barbecuing in the heat of summer. That always works and I still miss them all…I am human. It is a choice I made to move far away and one that I sometimes wish there was a supersonic jet in my backyard I could hop on and fly home for a hug!
The thing that I am finding most difficult this year is to get into the holiday cheer when so many lives are being impacted around the world. I haven’t “known” anyone personally who has been in any of these killings that have been happening but we do all share a common bond….being human.
My husband asked me what I wanted for christmas this year and all I can think is for everybody to get along. For people to stop killing one another. For people to stop having to be right so bad that they will kill another person to “prove” they are right.
Many people are upset with one another over race, religion or other beliefs that they take it to such an extreme. It is out of control and what is there for me this year is how do we/I make the difference and transform it? My grandparents and parents taught me to treat others the way I wish to be treated and if I do not have something nice to say, do not say it at all. In the latter, I know I have messed up from time to time (and I always go back and clean it up if I do).
How do we expect children to grow up and be highly functioning, compassionate, “love thy neighbor” adults who are game changers in this world if we continue to fight and put others down? Can we really expect our future generations to be different if we don’t set some examples?
This is a highly emotional time of year for most people and with what is happening in the world today, the emotions are running even higher.
If your emotions are running on high right now, I highly recommend that you be sure to be in communication with someone that can support you and as crazy as it may sound, get yourself out to a fitness class and release some healthy and happy endorphins through fitness. It will support you to think clearer and will give you the natural uplift we all need.
Fitness by far, is the one place where we can release the built up tension in our bodies and move through whatever sadness, anger, guilt, really anything you may be dealing with.
As for the world as a whole….let’s learn to get along, be peace.
If you need to talk and want to begin to create a world for yourself that makes a difference and can impact those around you in a positive way, please reach out.
Sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. Sometimes we just need others to talk to to make it a little easier.