I refuse to allow pressure to steal my peace. When we redirect the demands for our attention and money which are so prevalent during this time of year to what really matters, we experience incredible freedom! It's time to take ownership of our joy, our gratitude, our reflection, instead of leaving it in the hands of the department stores and promotional sales. Let's take a deep breath and plan to release the pressure.
Today, there are people all over our nation who question whether today is really a happy day. Countless families have been struck by devastation lately, and it can cause some of us to question whether it really is a happy thanksgiving, especially when the absence of a loved one or a dream is exacerbated during the holidays. If you have any doubts in your heart, you are not alone. I'd like to encourage you through the questions in your heart, and it's my hope that it supplies you with new strength and joy.
Are there any endings that you need to lead within your life? Are your relationships everything you’ve ever wanted them to be? Growth can be scary, but the alternative is scarier. Transition is a part of life, and there are some endings that are necessary. Let's talk about it.
I am all for routine. As a teacher, I've learned how much children need consistency. Consistent routines help kids and teens -even adults- feel comfortable. Consistent routines help us to feel a sense of control, as if everything isn't falling down around us. Every now and then though, we need to break with consistency-especially with a week as many of us have had. Whether you have experienced a recent tragedy or know someone who has, don't be afraid to throw away the routine!
It's the middle of September. Summer's ended and the little vacations are scheduled farther apart now. School has been back in for a few weeks, and the routines are becoming more regular. Spontaneity has slowed down and work can become a serious drain if you let it! Celebrations don't have to be large and time consuming. Your spouse and your children will appreciate it when acknowledge a small success in a special way. Your coworkers may be alarmed that you noticed and cared enough to write a thank you note. Your mentees will light up, and I guarantee you it will make a difference in their day.