It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday prep. There’s the cooking and the planning and the traveling. Then, there is trying to please everyone. It can be exhausting and stressful.
If we can just shift our focus and consciously pay attention to that for which we are truly grateful, we can lift the stress. There are so many things that most of us take for granted that are great blessings.
When I was in India I went into the villages with a mobile hospital. That experience changed forever how I see America. I became grateful for running water, bathrooms, clean water, enough food, access to doctors and medicine, spacious homes, air conditioning, owning a car, a floor in my home, a shingled roof. My list is actually longer than that. Much longer. But you get the idea.
Being able to actually feel myself saying “Thank You” for these things is very uplifting. The feeling of gratitude expands the heart, and leaves little room for stress and worry.
Just look around. Right now, turn and look around you. What do you see? How would your life be without the simplest of these things?
Life isn’t always easy, but in the United States we are so incredibly blessed. And we are blessed exponentially when we can truly, deeply feel grateful for all that we have. When we recognize our blessings, and feel grateful, we feel our hearts expand. We soften and then open our heats more.
There is a cascading effect when we consciously experience gratitude.
So, when you’re rushed, and the kids can’t seem to find their way to the car, or you in-laws can’t understand why you don’t just _________, or the turkey is dry and the potatoes raw, step back. Take a minute and really see all you have. Silently say “Thank You” every chance you get. You will transform your holiday.