Is stress and overwhelm keeping you from feeling connected to the Christmas season? I know that can bring a feeling of sadness when you know time is flying by and you’re not even in the spirit yet.
One of the ways I reconnect to Christmas when things are getting to busy is to pay attention to all the words that come into our lives during this season.
Joy, love, giving, faith, birth, celebration.
These words echo in songs, greeting cards, and religious services. Perhaps they’re reverberating in our hearts as memories of childhood.
They are words that ring with hope, a new beginning, a deeper connection.
All too often, though, we may find ourselves reciting the words without really noticing them, without being attached to them. Their meaning can become diluted by repetition and by the noise of daily life that surrounds us. We can get caught up and miss an opportunity to change our own lives and impact the lives of others in a profound way.
This Christmas, I ask you to stop and pay attention to these words. How can you integrate them into your life?
I’ve asked myself this same question—and I’ve realized that I can use these special words in ways that can help you. Below is an exercise built around these words.
This exercise is about developing and strengthening your faith in the miracle of your own birth, to celebrate your uniqueness, your gifts, and your sacred self.
At any given moment, you have a choice to re-birth yourself, to choose to tell yourself a story that is different from the one you currently cling to, and create a change you never believed possible.
Take a moment to ask yourself these questions:
- What can you do to renew the joy of your life?
- How are you showing the people you care about that you love them?
- Are you finding opportunities to give of yourself, and are you a gracious receiver when others give to you?
- Are you celebrating the achievements of your days and not dismissing them as meaningless or ordinary?
- Does your faith in yourself and others remind you of what’s possible?
Let’s spend this season preparing for a new year, renewing our spirits, and committing to Get the Nerve™ to change anything that keeps us from celebrating the joy of our lives year round.
Have a joyful Christmas season!