Friday is the Winter Solstice. In this hemisphere, it will be the darkest day of the year, with the least amount of sunlight. We may already be feel the darkness in the regular stress of the holidays and now in the face of last week's terrible tragedy.
Peace of Mind is my business name, but also my purpose, to bring Peace of Mind to my clients, so here are 5 suggestions to help you through this busy and hectic and potentially dark week:
Put Goodness out into the world.
There are people suffering out there, and I wish, oh how I wish, I could take away the pain. But I can't. But there are things I can do. I firmly believe and am reminded daily that if we put Goodness out in the world, it will come back to us. That is not the reason to put Goodness out there, though, just so it comes back to you.
We should consistently put Goodness into the world because it is needed, regardless of if it comes back to us or not. We must keep the faith, be kind to others, hold on to hope and be the light in this dark week. There are always glimmers of love, joy and hope, if we just keep our eyes open.
Lower your expectations:
I know, last week's message was "Of course you can!". And "Of Course You Can!" still holds. However, Christmas is just a week away, so now is the time to get things done. It may be time to lower your standards, ditch perfectionism and finish!
The first rule of organizing is "Don't organize what doesn't need organized!". If you are strapped for time, energy or resources this week, focus on what you absolutely have to do and let the rest go. Looking around my garage last week, I noticed accumulated E-Waste to warrant a run to the recycling location in my town. But do I need to go the week before Christmas? No. I stashed my Christmas decoration storage containers back in my crawl space, and recognized that I do need to tidy up in there and purge some stuff. But not this week!
Stick with your strengths, and stick with what you know.
I like you all, and sincerely want you to have all that you need. I hope, for your sake, that does not include a handmade gift from me. Not going to happen. No hand knit sweaters or scarves, not crafts of any kind. I can sing you a song, I am very good. And I can bake, oh boy, can I bake. I stick with my strengths. No handmade gifts. It's just better that way, trust me.
I was speaking to a client on the phone last week (hands free of course) when I drove past two Jewels to shop at my usual one. She asked me "Why?" My answer was "it's quicker to stick with what I know". Stopping at a new store to fill a lengthy list takes a lot longer than driving the extra block to go to the store I know really well. I can make it through my regular grocery very quickly, and I know the speedy checkers and baggers.
This is not the time to take up quilting, open up a wood shop or try new recipes for Christmas dinner. Stick with your strengths, with the familiar, and save yourself time, energy and aggravation this week.
Keep your routines (if they are good) to maintain health and well-being:
The most important thing I have done for my health in the last few weeks is re-established the habit of taking my daily vitamins. They are very good (Reliv), and I always feel great when I take them regularly.
What good will it do you to make it to the holidays with all the right gifts and foods and decorations if you are too sick or tired or miserable to enjoy them? Eat healthy food, get some rest, stay hydrated.
Choose to Act:
All the planning in the world is nothing if you do not choose to act. If we have enough energy to do other stuff while avoiding our work, then we have the energy to do our work. But we have to choose to act.
So, what's it going to be? I am glad you read to the end, but now it is time to get moving! Have a very Merry Christmas and a lovely week.