The holiday season is an excellent time to exercise your resilience muscle. After all, is there ever a time when you’ll have more opportunity to experience unmet expectations, stress over finances, guilt about eating too much, and crushing disappointment when your life doesn’t look like a Hallmark card? For the majority of the population, we experience at least one of those things, if not all of them.
And for people who have recently experienced any kind of significant loss, this time of year can be especially painful as they deal with the sorrow of missing a loved one, ruminate over opportunities lost or try to sort out their new normal in a world that suddenly changed. Not everyone is full of the Holiday spirit or eager to participate in any of the festivities.
During this season of love, peace and generosity, let’s all focus outward instead of inward. Enjoy your families, abundance and blessings but always remember there are many who could benefit from an overdose of kindness or understanding. When someone withdraws, don’t necessarily try to pull them in – maybe just come alongside them wherever they are.
And if you’re the one who’s struggling, the same prescription applies. Look outward instead of inward. We will always be able to find someone better off – and – worse off than we are. Giving to others, even if it’s just an understanding hug, does wonders for the hurting heart.
My wish for you is a holiday season that is “just right” – whatever that may be in your little corner of the world.
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Pattie Vargas, Principal and Founder, The Vargas Group, is a frequent conference speaker on the topics of change management, organizational development, personal resilience and issues facing women in the workplace. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, she provides seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.
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