Were you as shocked as I was to realize that today is the beginning of November? I find myself repeating the same thing I say every year, “This year has just flown by!” We are almost in the middle of the holidays again. This year, though, I am going to be a rebel; I have decided not to do the holidays! Wait, wait, wait … before you throw your Starbucks at the screen and “unfollow” me because I am starting to resemble the Grinch, please read on. You may find yourself deciding not to do the holidays also.
“Doing the holidays” – even saying those words makes it seem like a boring, routine event that one must endure. It’s just part of the rat race of life. The reason that November and December become hectic, over-scheduled and exhausting. I have heard many people say that they can’t wait for the holidays to be over so they can get back to a normal life; recovering from the financial strain, overeating and stress that they endured for the past two months. Even now, sitting at the beginning of November, our calendar is full. There are presents to buy, decorations to put up, trips to go on, meals to plan … I could be completely overwhelmed already! That’s why I have decided that just doing the holidays doesn’t cut it for me anymore. I want more. I want to truly experience Thanksgiving and Christmas and enjoy every last minute of it.
In order to experience and not just do; I will make intentional choices of what is important. I will value time with my family over the perfectly decorated house or a 6 course fancy meal. I will think about the reasons that we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas on a daily basis instead of focusing on the celebration itself.
I have also started a thankfulness project. I am going to post sometime every day of November that I am thankful for (#thankfulnessproject). I will truly thank God for that thing and make some special recognition of that thing in my personal life. Will you join me in this project? Let’s flood Facebook and Twitter with what we are thankful for. Wouldn’t it be nice to focus on what is right in this world rather than all the bad that we hear about in the news every day?
Ok, let’s get going. It’s a change of mindset. Let’s choose to be thankful. Together, we can make a difference in our world.