Hi Everyone, This week’s blog is about balancing the Highs and Lows that come during this time of the year.
For a lot of us, the holidays are a time of anticipation. We look forward to getting together with family and friends, exchanging gifts, having wonderful meals and sharing our faith. What could be better than reading the story of Christmas to your children or grandchildren, hearing voices joined together in song at a church service or taking a walk on a beautiful, snowy night? The holiday traditions we share with our loved ones fall into the category as a “high.”
Here’s where the idea of balance comes into play. At this time of year, we can feel pulled in many different directions in our desire to make others happy. We want to find the perfect gift, volunteer our time, attend every gathering we’re invited to and more. Of course, we want to do what we can to make the holidays special – so we can feel that high – but sometimes we get so caught up in this, we don’t realize our expectations are unrealistic. On top of that, when we’re so busy, we ignore ourselves and our health plan goes out the window.
The next thing we know, it’s the week after Christmas. All the shopping is done, all the gifts have been opened and everyone’s gone home. Then you realize you fell off the deep end. This is when the “lows” set in.
I’ll be honest, the holidays are usually a hard time for me. In the past, I’ve lost balance and not taken care of myself. My weight goes up and my spirits go down. Way down.
That’s why this topic hits home for me big time. I’m just as human and vulnerable as the next person. What’s different now is that I know myself, what I struggle with and I’m not afraid to talk about it. I’ve learned that maintaining a balance in all the dimensions of my life is a great equalizer for me.
So here is the good news. This year, I have a plan to maintain a healthy balance in the days to follow. Having a plan, and a strong desire to see it through, is the best thing we can do for ourselves because it sets us up for success. Now that’s a high!
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas ????
This Week’s O’Nealism:
“If you never dare to put your toes on the starting line, you’ll never experience the glories and greatness of the journey. That’s the true victory”.