This post isn't about gun control, school security or mental health; it's about being more loving to those close to us so that we can all live better, happier lives. While I feel like this should be a priority year round, it's especially important during the holidays and even more so in the midst of a national cricis. Of course this alone can't necessarily prevent these horrific events, but it's a step in the right direction and a way for us to heal. And, let's not forget that December 21st and January 1st are right around the corner - whether these dates hold much significance for you, we can use them as an opportunity for reflection and renewal.
I believe it's time we place more emphasis and focus on the small things we can do as families and communities. What if we started new traditions for each of the holidays? Here are some ideas:
- It's a great time to do charity and volunteer work for your favorite causes (in my case that would be environmental or health related).
- Initiate family and/or friends nights, specifically for the holidays or throught the year - pick just one day a week that you devote your time to one another. Play board/card games, watch movies, play/sing music, make food/have a potluck, go for a walk or hike...the possibilities are endless!
- Do something you've been wanting to do but have been putting off for no good reason. Maybe you've always want to go to a hot yoga class, attend the opera or ballet, visit a landmark in your state or country, etc.
Whatever you do, do it with love - that's all it needs to be about. It doesn't have to cost money and you don't have to leave home. In fact, if some friends and family members don't live near by, you could simply schedule weekly phone calls or video chat sessions. 'Tis the season year round.
I would love to hear about your favorite, current and future plans for tradition, so leave a comment below to share!
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