Christmas Day is less than a week away! Are you ready for it? Have you bought all the gifts, decorated homes and offices, and planned the meals? Many of us interpret and envision this time of the year as the season of joy, peace and harmony! Feeling any of that yet? If you aren't you're not alone since this time of the year is one of the most stressful we encounter. Why? Simply put: we place too many unrealistic expectations upon ourselves and others, and when we don't live up to those expectations we feel as if reality has failed us. And there you have it, the origin of our holiday stress.
"So, what do I do about the stress? This is a busy time of the year." Today, find a moment, a couple of minutes even, to just stop; then breathe, then begin to look around you, taking it all in; continue to breathe.
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Today, as you breathe and reflect, may you be challenged this Christmas season to emulate God's humility in all your actions and interactions with others. May we be uplifted and encouraged in the faith that God knows and understands us because He was one of us, feeling and suffering as we do. So let us turn to Him in time of stress, trial and jubilation for He has experienced our emotions and so understands us.
Yes, this truly is the season of joy, peace and harmony ... if we let it.