Rethinking How We Approach the Holidays

photography by Terri Pouliot

“I don’t fully understand what’s going on around us but I know that it’s angry, destructive and divisive. And I know that whatever it is, it’s hurting us all. I also know that I cannot and will not stand by or stand still when I feel called to stand up. And I know I need to honor my values and passion and work even harder to stay engaged and respectfully share who I am and what I believe with others. And although there’s a lot I don’t know, I’ve been thinking more about what I could do. And here’s what I’ve decided: I’m going be on the lookout for hopeful and optimistic people who are actually doing something to make the world a kinder, safer place and I’m going to try and be more like them. I’m going to focus less on all that’s wrong with the world and more on small things I can do to make some things right. I’m going to smile more at strangers, leave bigger tips when I buy a cup of coffee and speak up more often when I see people being kind or friendly or helpful. I’m going to stay in closer touch with family and friends who I love and who mean the world to me. And I am going to watch less TV and listen to more Broadway show tunes. And finally, I am going to spend more time with our amazing dog because he’s fluffy and lovable and because he already knows what I am still trying so hard to learn!”

–Paul S Boynton

YES! While I don’t currently have any ‘fur babies’;  the quote resonates deeply with me on many levels.

Let’s re-consider how we approach this time of year.  The ‘busy season’ takes us among throngs of people shopping, gathering for holiday events and exhausted, due to trying to do ‘too much’.   I challenge myself, and my readers to focus more on spreading love and kindness and less on the frenzied commercial side of the holiday season.

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