Holidays are an inevitable part of all our lives. How we approach them determines whether they bring joy or sadness or both. Following the same path from year to year is likely to create the same outcome from an emotional perspective, so I thought I would provide some suggestions to “shake things up” to offer a way to enhance this coming holiday season.
1. Soup kitchens offer a desperately needed service to help feed the poor and homeless. As difficult as life may be for us as individuals, having food in a refrigerator and a roof over our heads is a “luxury” many currently live without. Participating by helping to prepare meals, serving meals or simply sitting down and talking with people to let them know they matter are the kind of gifts we can all provide. I have written articles about dealing with leadership and being your own boss in the past. This is an example that incorporates these two concepts that ultimately brings joy to the person willing to step up and helps provide for others. This is an act of kindness that has the natural healing power that supersedes one’s own negative emotions, while enhancing the quality of life of another (even if it is only for a short period of time.)
2. How many children will be celebrating their holiday season in an orphanage frightened by their environment and surrounded by people they don’t really know? Have you ever thought about taking your time to visit an establishment to help a child realize they’re not alone? Children have an ability to teach us as well if we are willing to open our eyes, hearts and minds to them. Their pure honest naivety can reveal such profound truths about themselves and the lives they live, that the experience can heighten one’s own emotions to once again supersede the negativity that one may feel in life. You can bring a gift (new or used) which will be appreciated not based on value but rather based on caring. A small token such as this can have a profound impact on a child.
3. Make amends. It can be with family or friends, but reach out and let someone know you are thinking about them. Living in anguish and anger is self destructive. It physically harms the body. Search for the essence of what made this person a part of your life and focus on this as a basis to rekindle a relationship. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing attempt. If this conversation becomes the last conversation with this person, is it not better to end on a note saying, “take care” rather than “I will never forgive?” At best, it can be a re-birthing of a renewed relationship.
These are just three ideas to offer a different approach to the coming holiday season. Be creative and decide for yourself what you can do to enhance the lives of others, for in doing so, you will create your own opportunity to find a healthier and happier place within your own soul.
I believe these suggestions may offer better options than thinking to oneself, “what will it take to get through this holiday season?”
It is now my turn to ask you for a “donation.” It is in terms of an idea and action you are willing to undertake to help improve the life of another person. In the comment section of this post, I would appreciate you “donating” an idea and action you are willing to do this holiday season. Let’s see how many people we can get to participate to make a difference in all our lives. Wishing all of you (y’all for my southern compadres) a healthy and happy holiday season!