The holiday season can be a bitter-sweet time. But there’s just SO much to be grateful for right now. Like tasty cookies, nutritious food, the warm feelings of giving and receiving (presents!) and, of course, the one thing you can never buy or replace: loved ones in your life right now.
Leading up to today, I attended a few holiday parties. They were fun, each in their own way, and often served as a pleasant distraction from any feelings of sadness or loss for holidays-past. But it hit me soon after I came home from my family dinner…
My holiday celebrations were intensely more fulfilling when I spent them those who I love and who love me unconditionally. There was a palatable difference, a warmth, from these special people and it was very easy to be in the moment with them.
When I did slip, as we are all very human and while it’s more than OK to feel whatever we feel especially when something triggers us, I quickly realized I was dishonouring these wonderful, beautiful people by allowing any thoughts to linger on the past (if they caused any pain).
So for those of you out there that are experiencing a bitter-sweet holiday season, remember you have incredible people in your life right now who love and appreciate you for who you are. The greatest gift you can give them is to be present (pun intended) when you’re in their presence.