I cried. I balled my eyes out. I sobbed, gasping for air because the pressure to keep my plans in line had become too great. Sitting on the steps of…
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.
Do you remember her? Do you remember the little girl who enjoyed the freedom to choose her clothes for the first time? She didn't care about what anyone else thought. She wrapped herself in polka dots and stripes without pausing to consider the color scheme. She grabbed the tutu and and everyone's attention as she pirouetted with a cape twirling around her. She made us laugh and squeal with delight at the smallest things and every now and then we remember her, but somewhere along the way, we lost her. It's time to stop comparing ourselves to our friends through social media and trading our confidence in for likes.
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!