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Cheer the Season

A few days before Christmas, always a hectic time. We make it so, don’t we? So it is up to us to not get caught on that maze. Have a talk with yourself and sort this out. Today!

Breathe in while you count to three, hold to the count of four and exhale counting five. Repeat as necessary. Once you are calm, take a look at the what you have done and what you think needs doing. Make an assessment: are the things left to be done so important that you are going to be stressed, even get sick?

Unless you really haven’t done anything and are waiting for the last minute……everything can be achieved or put aside. Before you get all worked out, remember that spending time with your loved ones, enjoying time with friends are the most important things this time of the year. Everything else is just what we have been conditioned to do because……(fill in your reasons here).

Decorations, presents, cooking and celebrating preferences have been decided, done and organized. Now you should turn to the part you have worked so hard for: enjoying the Season. Anything else is unimportant. Give yourself the gift of relaxing, resting is needed. Look around you, all is as ready as it’s going to be.

Enjoy the lunch with friends, the neighborhood Holiday party, the office Christmas party, the visits, the cheer and the whole thing. Do not waste time thinking what you should have done or what you want to change. The presents you’ve forgotten or the ones you think are not right. It’s too late for that and it will only give you more stress.

You have done a fabulous job. Sit back and relax with a cup or a glass of Cheer!

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The Simple Life

Anyone remembers a television program called “Green Acres“? I know I am dating my self with this, but somehow it came to mind today. You may ask why. This program told the story of a big shot lawyer who decided to leave all behind and move to a farm in the middle of nowhere. His glamorous wife had no choice but to follow him. They were going to live the simple life.

Well, it did not work out exactly as they envisioned it. The husband, Oliver, had all these preconceived ideas about what a rural life would be like. Consequently, he never really adjusted. He was impatient with his neighbors, couldn’t get their ways, wanted things to work his way. He needed to be in charge.

His wife, Lisa, did not want to move from the city she loved. Leaving behind her pampered life was very hard, but she understood what their new life in the country was all about. So she adapted better to her new surroundings and got along with their neighbors. He had too many expectations, she had none. He wanted to control, she went with the flow.

So many of us, having reached this stage in our lives, want something uncomplicated, relaxed and simple. After all, we have worked hard, bid our time and finally have the time and resources to start our new lives. We are retired or about to retire. We have time in our hands, the children have moved on. We decide to downsize, move to a smaller place or across the country or across the sea. All sounds so exciting, doesn’t it? We go ahead and start getting ready.

Unfortunately, not all of us ask the right questions before going all out trying to organize this move. We have all these expectations, these perfect plans for our new life. Expectations are high, we get caught in the details and lose sight of the big picture. Pause and breathe, please.

To get to the simple life so many of us want these days, we must be like Lisa. We must have an open mind, accept the changes this new life will bring and go with the flow. There is no other way to succeed at this.