This is the only time of year I can think of that creates a wide range of emotions and wraps them all up into one package. Every year is a surprise as to what and how that ‘gift’ will be delivered. And believe me, it does get delivered.
There are a percentage of folk that remain above the hype and for others, how do you not get your tinsel in a tangle?
Everyone has their version of how they celebrate, or don’t. If anything, I’ve learned that this time of year is perfect for practicing the act of non-judgement, compassion and understanding. Easier said than done.
The less frustrated and annoyed you are the more your interactions move with ease and grace. Let’s remember that like attracts like. When others are curt or blatantly rude there is generally a reason. You don’t know who they may be missing at this time of year, where they’d rather be or if Christmas is even relevant for them. So unless you’re a mind reader try projecting more kindness and don’t take it personally.
Recently at the supermarket check out, a woman ahead of me made it very clear she was on a mission and not a happy one; as she hurriedly loaded trolley number two with a vehement scowl and complaints. The young guy behind the counter was totally uninterested and no doubt counting the hours til he could hit the surf. I felt myself being sucked into this negative exchange and caught myself just before I almost told her to “lighten up”. Whoa Susi ! Stand back, breathe and offer a genuine smile. I was the one that needed to ‘lighten up’ and hold the space. Immediately I felt calmer. It was not my place to judge her or the young guy. The only person’s actions I was responsible for were my own.
So whatever emotions are being delivered to you this time of year and no matter how they arrive, remember you have a choice of how to react. And that choice will influence you at every level creating a ripple effect that is way beyond our comprehension.
With that in mind please accept my gift to you of non-judgement, compassion and understanding and may it serve your higher self well during what can be the ‘silly season’!