‘Tis the season to be joyful. Yet, even as I write that it makes me dreadfully anxious. What will likely bring me joy in the next month will be a few quiet times with my family and friends. However, I will spend most of my days planning, decorating, driving, purchasing, wrapping, rushing, and stressing over getting it all done. None of which bring me joy.
So today, in the threshold of the holidays, I asked to see this in a different way. What came to me was this, ’tis the season to be joyful is not so much a command as it is an attitude suggestion. Joyful, after all, is not just a feeling-it’s a choice. I can choose to do the planning, decorating, driving, purchasing and wrapping with joy. Assuming of course, that I don’t forget this resolve as soon as it all gets underway.
To keep my “joy on” I will have to remember a few key holiday survival tips. Eliminate, consolidate and delegate. By eliminating the things that are not important, combining a few events, and dishing out a to-do list to a willing youth looking for holiday money, I will minimize what needs to be done, so I can do it with glee.
Okay, I’m ready. ‘Tis the season…bring it on!