Holday Stress?!

Money.  Company.  Special Occasion Food Preparation.


It seems as though it is more stressful to be on vacation than to be working sometimes.  Especially during the holiday season.  Holiday food is more labor intensive. The holiday shopping is very competitive and, for me, trying to keep track of how many presents for each of my children and family and who got what and fairness and… well, it gets complicated. Company means extra cleaning, many times above and far beyond normal cleaning practices, and I have a hard time being a host.  If I get caught in the enormity of it all… it can make me into Scrooge.

I am sure I am not alone here.

But, there is a way.  I have decided this year to keep it to one good present per person. To base the value of the present not on money, but on desire of item.  Emotional value, not capital value.  I have decided to allow my children to help me get things in order, to help cook if needed, to do the chores I don’t have time for.  Normally, all of the considerations are up to me and me alone.  Not this year.  One piece at a time.  I also have tuned out all of the holiday advertising, music, and programming that tends to happen from Halloween onwards until Christmas (One store in my town has Easter products out already).  When Christmas is at hand I will give it my attention, but I have other things on my plate that are more important and more immediately central to my day to day bliss to be consumed by the hype of one day weeks in advance.  Live your life one piece, one day, one bliss, one event at a time.  It is worth the extra peace you feel.

About Nathan

Hi! I am Nathan! So why am I here? That is my main question. I am fascinated by the current wave of science meeting with the philosophical questions throughout history. I am a Taoist and a disorganized dreamer who makes up new words to describe states of being and thought processes. I love to bring to you these simple yet powerful little inspirations and truths. I believe that each one of us is infinitely important and we are all connected. As Carl Sagan put it, “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” We might be all connected, but you are still you. It is your perceptions that shape your reality. So join me in changing perceptions!

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