One of my favorite parts of the day - and I can't believe I am going to say this - was getting on Facebook.
You know I think Facebook is one of the hugest time-sucks in the world next to mindless TV…. BUT!
Yesterday, status after status was filled with descriptive, deep felt gratefulness (or as my daughter says, "Thankfuls"). What a different energy from the usual mish-mosh of complaints, cute cat memes, and random snapshots of people's lives.
I can say that reading all those heartfelt messages raised my own energy immediately - a total collective consciousness boost, right!? We should have one of those days each month. Who wants to play? ;)
In the meantime, we are officially on the fast-track to Holiday Madness. I'm already seeing lots of newsletters and articles about How to Enjoy the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind.
Tips like, "Slow Down by Saying No" and "Find time to give back" litter my inbox and grace magazine covers. Writers assume that we experience the holidays as a stressful time. As many people do.
On the contrary, I'd like to invite you to take a couple moments to consider what I think is the most important question you can ask yourself, ever. It's a question that can color how you interview, what your holidays look like, and how you celebrate your birthday. How you experience New Year's, how you react in the face of difficult dating situations, and how you create your home.
Each transition in our lives gives us the gift and opportunity to create something meaningful, memorable, and totally authentic (Tweet-tastic!). Holiday periods that transition us from one year to the next. Birthdays, which transition us towards our richest, fullest future selves.
The kicker is that we've got to put a full intention into it or else, as my mom says, life will jerk you around by the ponytail.
You can ask yourself a lot of questions during a transition period. Taking the holidays as an example:
1) Am I celebrating in total alignment with my values? Eco-friendly, wealth, tradition?
2) What kind of feeling(s) do I want this time to have? Festive, thoughtful, abundant?
All of these will lead you to making choices that are more aligned with what you want to experience in life. But the Big Question, the one you have total control over, the one that acts like a razor in the face of indecision and dissatisfaction?
How do I want to be?
And trust me…. I promise and swear that you have an inner knowing that with a few moments of solitude, some tea and a journal… you will be able to answer that question. How do you want to be this holiday?
Peace and blessings to you!