This time of year promises to be a “break” for us – an opportunity to relax, connect with loved ones, recharge our batteries, or deepen our faith. However, the reality can be far from our imagined or intended version of events.
For many of us, the preparations and plans (decorating, shopping, making travel arrangements, and such) become added burdens to our lives. We must suddenly handle all of our usual tasks and responsibilities AND take care of holiday “to do’s,” as well.
The downside of this is that we may lose the feeling of specialness, or the meaning and purpose behind our celebrations.
My hope and plea is that you are able to find and enjoy, in the midst of the madness, the moments that truly matter.
The study and practice of high level juggling has taught me volumes about managing a “full pattern” of objectives. As I teach these principles, one of the points that consistently resonates with audiences is this one:
No matter how much you are handling, there still remains some space between your throws and catches.
It is in the spaces between our actions and tasks that we can experience peace, joy, and purpose. Yet, too often, the tendency is to ignore or race past the spaces in order to get to the next thing, obligation, or task. We hope that, at some point, we will have our tasks accomplished, so that we can then experience peace. Yet that moment doesn’t come or, if it does arrive, disappears like morning mist, in the heat of the moment or winds of change.
“Space” is a gift that is difficult to wrap. But it is absolutely free of charge, and yours to both experience and give away, if you can remember a few simple guidelines.
Some friendly, purposeful reminders:
From our family to yours, wishing you joyful celebrations, with room to spare!
Thank you for such thoughtfull reminders at what is often the busiest time of the year. “Keeping my focus on the important pieces of my life!”
May you and your family have a Blessed Holiday!
Thank you Dan for always being an inspiration and sharing the Action Steps.
Happy Holidays to you and your family
Thank you Dan, for sharing your wisdom and helping those of us who are so busy in life to remember what is really important. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas and in the coming year!
Thank you, Dan, and we loved the card and letter also. Good message and inspiring letter, once again.
Grateful to you, Dan…always on point. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year.
Happy Holidays to you Dan!
Everything you said shows how to be connected not only with ourselves or with our love ones but as a connection of what Christmas is all about.
A very inspiring blog to reflect on one’s self.
May you have a Merry Christmas and Blessful New Year.
Into Action #2–Give someone 100% of your attention, even if it can only be for just a few minutes. It’s better than any material gift and the response you get is incredible.