My cousin told me a story today.
She is a professional nanny, and was watching these three adorable little girls last week. Together, they were wrapping gifts for children in need. When they were finished wrapping, my cousin asked them if they realized how nice this act was. You’ll never guess what this little 4 year old responded.Well, Christmas is the season of kindness. Click To Tweet
I think it shocked the both of us. It shouldn’t have, what with all of the giving and quality time with loved ones we do as a family each year. But this child’s view of the holiday season, captured in this one sentence, was so pure. No matter how we try as adults to keep that sense of childlike purity, we cannot deny the adult-centric stresses of the holidays.
Most of us are only today beginning to unwind. Or maybe you’re just getting started planning for New Year’s Eve. This time of year can be overwhelming. Reflecting on the year and its accomplishments in the next few days can be both good and bad. We must be gentle with ourselves this season, because we can’t do it all. Don’t let yourself fall into this end-of-year trap.
How do we cultivate a few little moments where we can bask in the New Year’s glow? Make kindness, love, and positivity a priority again?
1. Do one thing mindfully each day from now until New Years.
Perhaps its a 10 minute meditation before bed. Maybe you choose to practice this sipping your cup of coffee each morning – in completely silent contemplation. You can use this ten minutes to clear your mind, reflect on the year, or even just look around at the remaining tree or decorations and soak in that quiet holiday magic. You might find your mood uplifted, focusing more on the beautiful, positive aspects of this season, and cultivate deeper feelings of gratitude for where you are at the present moment.
2. Make A Few Lists
I’m a big list person. I think there is a special power in writing things down. Spilling your thoughts onto paper is not only cathartic for the stuff you need to release, but it can also be very affirming. Things I Am Grateful For…Things I Wish I Did Differently…What I Accomplished….Lessons I Learned…etc. You might chose from one or a few of these lists or make up your own. Sometimes you might discover patterns or bigger pictures about yourself and the year you’ve just been through by looking at your words in black and white.
3. Do Something Nice For Someone
I’m a firm believer in karma. And that our actions have a chain reaction more profound than we may ever come to know. I think this is only heightened in this highly emotional season of change and loss and new beginnings. Make memories with loved ones. Carve out time to visit those you don’t normally see. Smile and hold the door, and say excuse me. Donate to a charity. Start the new year off with the beginning of a positive, feel-good circle.
4. Pick One Resolution And Plan It
I have many New Year’s Resolutions each year. Some I hold myself to. Some I let fall by the wayside. The secret is to pick one and really plan it. Develop a hardcore strategy. The more you know what you’re doing, the more likely you’ll keep your resolution. This way, you’ll at least fulfill one promise to yourself in the coming year!