What do you want most this holiday season? Something bold, silly, sparkly or perhaps…intangible?
Perhaps you'd like the gift of time to read or write? The gift of saying no to tasks that don't help you reach your goals? The gift of doing nothing for an afternoon instead of juggling a dozen different errands? Or the gift of better health?
This holiday season I decided to kick-start a healthy year by doing a full-life cleanse--cleaning up my body, mind, spirit and surroundings. Crazy, you say, especially at this time of year? Perhaps. However, I've really simplified the holidays: very little baking and cooking, simple gifts that involve minimal shopping, a few select parties--most online. :)
Giving gifts to ourselves may sound selfish, but I've read quite a bit about the importance of loving ourselves, not in a narcissistic or selfish way, but in a way that recognizes unconditional love and respect for ourselves are keys to achieving what we truly want in life. And perhaps not so coincidentally, to improving our relationships with others.
The love we show ourselves overflows to others not just in boxes filled with gifts and wrapped with bows, but in our words and actions when we:
--Laugh at the same joke the DH has told at every gathering for years.
--DON'T tell our 12-year-old son's peers he still wants a hug from mom (or dad!) at bedtime.
--Send e-mail support, cyber (((hugs))) or cheers to friends for their accomplishments.
--Offer a smile and sympathetic comment to the overwhelmed clerk in the department store who just rang up the most expensive item in our cart twice.
--Say a kind word or an extra prayer for someone whose trials tug at our hearts.
--Give our pets an extra scratch behind the ears.
Intangible gifts may cost nothing in dollars, but be priceless to the one we bestow it upon. Why not think about it? What intangible gifts could you give yourself and share with others this holiday season?
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