As we find ourselves in the last minutes of holiday preparation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the details that you want to get accomplished. When the traffic is not moving fast enough; the cashier line is at a standstill; or you feel jittery because you have so much to do - take a deep slow breath. Take another one, and tell yourself, “I have all the time I need to accomplish what I need to do.” Slow down, and proceed at a calmer, slower pace. If the jitters return, repeat the slow deep breaths and reaffirm that you have all of the time you need to accomplish all of your tasks. Then take a moment to look around you and enjoy the beauty of this time of year; the cheerful decorations, the laughter of the children, the ringing bells from the Salvation Army people. Or just listen to the Christmas music that is apt to be playing. Hum or sing along while you’re standing on line or you’re stuck in traffic, or wherever you may be. Just remember, this only happens once a year, so surrender and enjoy the spirit of the season, because it will all be over before you know it, and you'll be back to business as usual. When you stop and think about it, isn't it wonderful that we can get off the treadmill for a couple of days and be whimsical and child-like?
Wishing you joy at this time of year!
Dr. Ethel Drayton-Craig