The Big Reminder: Take a Deep Breath Edition

With Christmas just a few days away, Francesca reminds you:

calm1You can control only yourself, no one else.  Do your part and let the rest go.

calm2Keep your eyes on the prize. In this case, the prize is love, peace and joy among you and anyone you encounter on the holiday. Nothing is as important as these things, not even the turkey burning or your inability to find a Zhu Zhu hamster or whether you finish polishing the silver before your mother comes. (Do not be this person’s brother.)

calm3Do what you need to be fully “present.” A nap or a hot bath might do more to make Christmas meaningful than last-minute tinsel. And if you are the guest in someone’s home, offer to vacuum or chop vegetables or load the dishwasher.

calm5Reach out. If you are spending Christmas alone and don’t want to be, make some calls or emails now, and make arrangements with others (such as your internet friends?) to get together at your house or at a restaurant. Just popping some popcorn, and a movie into the DVD player, will be nice if you have company.

calm4Eat as much of whatever you want this Christmas. You are a grownup person, and a beautiful one at that.

calm6Give yourself and others lots of hugs!

xoxo!

5 Responses to “The Big Reminder: Take a Deep Breath Edition”

  1. Linda December 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Amen!

  2. Leah December 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    Wow… Thanks. I really needed this reminder this year. Didn’t even know it until I read this post. :-D

  3. Alexis December 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    I feel the same as Leah, especially since I actually have already heard that my 98-year-old grandfather is unhappy that I have chosen to FEED MY WHOLE FAMILY an Italian-themed feast instead of the traditional stuff. Apparently he is terrified he’ll be eating only pasta for Christmas (he won’t). Taking that breath now…

  4. All Women Stalker December 23, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Those are all wonderful reminders. I needed that. I’m working even during the Christmas season so the little things help. Happy Holidays!

    -Denise

  5. jojo.k December 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Wonderful reminder.