For many of us, the next few days will be a flurry of activity. Cooking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, arriving guests, attending church events, etc. It can feel like we're just jumping from one thing to another without taking anything "in". Then the holidays will be over and it's all a blur.
So how do we take it "in". The simplest suggestion I have is to just “stop” every so often. Look around you, even in the midst of whatever's going on and think about what you're seeing and feeling. If you're in a shopping mall picking up the last few gifts, take a moment and look at all the holiday decorations or watch the kids running around. I'll never forget being in Macy's a few years ago picking up a last minute gift and seeing two little boys playing hide and go seek among all the men's clothes. The friend I was with saw them too and said, "Trouble and his brother, More Trouble!" We both started laughing watching these two silly little boys having a ball. It was a moment I'll never forget.
If you're with family or friends at a dinner or breakfast, take a quiet moment and notice the people around you. Notice their smiles and voices. Take in the laughter. Pay attention to the movement and sounds around you. These moments are precious and will only happen once in your lifetime. Children grow, people move away, folks leave us...notice them all.
One thing I can assure you, if you’ll take a moment, now and then, over the next week and allow yourself the space to take in what's happening around you, you'll have a better time. When it's all over, you won't feel like the holidays came and went without you being there. And you’ll have a few memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Ann Foster, MTS, LCPC, CADC, CMAT, CDWF
President ~ Executive Director