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Sometimes The Holidays Are Like Travel

I’ve noticed that traveling out of the country can be intense. People feel disoriented and stressed even though the trip appears to be going well.

The same thing can happen around the holidays. Even though things seem to be going smoothly, people can react to the stress of additional responsibilities, even when they willingly took on the extra chores (like shopping for a holiday meal).

The holidays can also trigger deeply held grief, regrets, and disappointments. Perhaps we miss a family member or pet who has passed. Perhaps we regret not having an old friend or flame in our lives at this time.

So, what can be done? Be gentle with yourself. Don’t expect too much of others. And enjoy whatever the days offer, even if it’s plenty of alone time.

Remember, in the Bible’s Christmas story, Jesus was born in a common manger. For me, the metaphysical interpretation of this part of the tale means “Great things can come out of even the darkest of times.”

Much Love and Light to you and yours. And, remember, you are Loved.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama