Thanksgiving is just a few days away and Christmas is going to be here in a blink. Holidays. Such a mix of thoughts as we go into this busy time of year and my thoughts keep rolling back to this.
There is a mix of memories in my life when it comes to this time of year. Some wonderful memories and some that completely suck. There were a few years that I barely celebrated holidays. The longing was there, but my heart wasn’t in it. The reasons don’t matter. Some things are not easily explained and don’t need to be. However, none of this diminished that stirring of joy when I would see Christmas lights or smell pine trees. The elation that comes when the days get that nip of chill and the leaves are crispy under my feet.
Several months ago this person came into my life and brought lights back to dark spots in my life. One of those spots is holidays. Fast forward to now and walking around under Christmas decorations on a cool evening, singing Christmas carols and thinking about hanging my own Christmas decorations at home.
Perspective changed by one thing. Something tiny in relation to the universe around us, but immense in relation to the universe in my soul. One person can be all it takes to change our life, to brighten our world.
Thinking back to a year ago I am reminded that miracles of some kind do exist. I was not even aware of how much of myself and my joy was hidden, I had been in that place for so long that it seemed normal to me. Then, this conversation began and I could see it, feel it… this is a season to allow ourselves to stop and enjoy, to be open to the love around us, to hold close to those who matter most, and to let the inner child living in us all come out to revel in the joy of the holidays! That inner child that shouldn’t be shut away at all, but should be part of our lives all year-long. Reminding us to stop and marvel at the wonders around us, the small and seemingly insignificant moments that we adults tend to rush past.
Change your perspective, be the person who helps others change their perspective, and don’t forget to let the child in you out so you can experience the world from a place of curiosity and happiness. You may be just the change someone needs to find their way back to what is important.
Much love and gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving!