Posted By: Envision2bWell
For a long time, the holidays could be summed up with two words: hustle and bustle. They meant more shopping, more parties, more baking, more decorating, more wrapping, more spending, more traffic, more relatives – basically a whole lot of MORE. But all that came to a screeching halt last year in the grips of the pandemic, and the holidays suddenly became eerily quiet and calm.
At first, all that quiet and calm was disconcerting to say the least. But after a little while, we found out that in some ways we liked moving slower. Being forced to embrace a simpler, quieter holiday season, we became more mindful, more present, and more grateful.
We learned many things during the 2020 holidays:
We learned how important it is to be with family and friends. We learned to never take that for granted.
We learned that even when we can’t physically be together, we can still find creative ways to connect and enjoy each other’s company.
We learned to embrace the simple pleasures of the holidays: driving around to see all the festive lights, baking holiday cookies and other treats, a cup of hot cocoa after playing in the snow, popcorn and holiday movie marathons, listening to holiday music while cozying up to a warm fire.
We learned to be thankful – for the first responders who risked their lives daily to care for us, for the essential workers who were the glue that held it all together, for the scientists who brought us the vaccine, and for the health of our families and loved ones.
We learned to be present to the magic of the holidays. It’s kind of amazing how much we miss when we’re too busy to notice.
The holiday season of 2021 is our chance to create the BEST holiday season ever, combining what we learned in 2020 with what we missed and longed for. It's HOLIDAYS 2.0 – MORE JOY, LESS STRESS!
Here are a few questions to help you decide what you want your version of Holidays 2.0 to look like:
1.) What did I miss most last year during the holiday season? What were the things that made me think, “I can’t wait until next year when I can ____ again.”
2.) What was I glad to be rid of? What were the things that made me think, “I’m glad I don’t have to ____ this year.”
3.) What new traditions did I try for the first time last year that I really enjoyed? What traditions was I forced to let go of that I truly missed?
4.) What did I learn last year that I never want to forget?
The global pandemic rocked our world in 2020. It was a dark time that was challenging, sad, scary, depressing, and filled with uncertainty. Thankfully, there was a silver lining. The pandemic forced us to slow down, take stock, and re-evaluate our lives. Confronted with our own mortality and vulnerability, we honed in on what was truly important to us.
Now, we must not let ourselves forget all that we learned.
So this year, do it differently. Do it better. Follow joy and avoid stress. Life is short. Life is not guaranteed. Savor each moment and be grateful for every moment.
From all of us at Envision2bWell, Happy Holidays 2.0!
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