Days growing shorter, Christmas trees in the department stores, mall aisles lined with displays of calendars for 2011. Yep, we’re rapidly approaching the end of 2010. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Could it really have been a decade ago that we worried so over the change of the millennium?
Well, we will be ready, thanks to guest blogger Judy Christie. She is the author of the acclaimed Green fiction series, (Goodness Gracious Green was just released last month). In addition to writing fiction, Judy loves to help people slow down and enjoy each day.
We need that, Judy. Thanks for coming back by Kay’s Words!
End this year with Joy and Energy
Often, in the busy-ness of everyday life, we rush so much that we find it hard to focus on What’s Most Important. Sadly, the joy of life can be elusive if we rush all the time, frenzied and fretful.
As the year begins to wind down, I’ve found it helpful to take a fresh look at life and work. In writing my nonfiction book series, Hurry Less Worry Less, I hear from many people who are especially stressed by the final months of the year, including Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Here are a few tips I share with them:
Picture a joyful finish to the year, starting this very day! Look at every day as a wonderful gift. This is a great time to remember what the last part of the year is really about – giving thanks, the birth of Christ, our families, our friends.
Live with a thankful heart. Most of us have so much — people we care about, many who care about us, plenty of food to eat, churches to worship in and on and on. Focus on what is working and what’s right, instead of what’s messed up or what’s wrong.
Recall happy memories. Create new happy memories. What do you want from the last months of this year? Decide: First the What, then the How. Begin to believe you can make needed changes.
Identify and eliminate nagging problems, roadblocks or speed bumps. Hurry less each day. Breathe. Get a good night’s sleep. Remember, saying “no” to one thing is saying “yes” to another. You cannot do everything. Choose wisely how you will spend your time, energy, and money.
Appreciate others. Serve those in need. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own busy lives that we overlook people who need kindness and encouragement from us. Start with a handwritten note to someone who has helped you this year. Look for a spot to volunteer in your community.
Have fun! Do things you truly enjoy. Get rid of some of your “shoulds” and do some of your “coulds.”
“Slow down and enjoy each day more. That is what many of us want to do.”