Earlier in the day she complained about how she could barely read through a Christmas letter received from one of her cousins. “Oh, so and so went here and here on this trip; so and so is graduating with honors…..”
What is so wrong about someone else being happy, grateful, and thankful for the events in their life enough to share?
I responded, “Would you rather get a letter detailing the bad and depressing events?”
“I guess not,” she replied.
Many suffer from the medical condition of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I am not a medical expert, but suspect that this person may be a SAD candidate.
After a few more minutes on the topic, I gave the woman this suggestion: “Why don’t you take all your accomplishments of this year – the role you played in the local community theater among them – and share them next Christmas in a letter of your own? That way those activities of your cousin might not irritate you so much next year.”
“Well, I suppose I could do that.”
This time of the year can be difficult for many – I used to be one of them. Oh, I still have my moments, but when discovering years ago that I am in control of how I choose to feel, I am back to loving the yuletide joys. It’s a much happier time when you find something to be positive about. Also, when you find that happier place you are prone to bringing more happiness into your life, much like I spoke of in recent posts about feeling and being in gratitude.
What can you do to be happy right now? How do you choose to be? Where can you start?
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson