Giving and receiving are two parts of the same cycle. This season let’s take time to evaluate how we give to others, ourselves and our community. Let’s vow to give ourselves gifts this year and move into next year with a sense of renewal and intentions for the best year ever.
Here’s some things you can do to give back to others and yourself this holiday season:
Take the advice of Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Suggest that family and friends substitute hand written letters to each other instead of giving presents. This is a gift where we can take the opportunity to share our gratitude for those that mean the most.
Take time to truly connect at gatherings by spearheading a way to share success and gratitude stories as a group. Ask everyone to write down an accomplishment and area of appreciation on a piece of paper and put in a basket. Have each person pick one and read someone’s experience. Focusing on all the good will only bring more.
Give gifts to a child in need or donate to a local organization such as Toys for Tots or Cornerstones. Enlist friends and family to volunteer as a group in place of having a holiday party. Giving back together can create strong and lasting bonds.
- Say no to one obligation to allow for free time to do whatever you please.
- Schedule a date of self-pampering. Do all the things you never have time for: read, watch a movie, take a bath, order take-out, cook dinner or sit by the fire. The idea is to recharge and relax.
- Determine what you can let go of from your past that is holding you back. Write it down and throw it in the fire to release.
- Evaluate travel plans to determine if there are any alternatives. For instance, do you drive three hours to visit with one side of the family, and then two hours another day to visit the other side of your family? Could you only make one of those trips? Schedule a visit for a later date when things are not so busy.
- Evaluate your daily routine. Are there things you could simplify next year, such as limiting the kid’s winter activities or hiring a cleaning service? Ask yourself if there are things you can delegate or minimize. Make a list. Writing it down allows you visualize all that you juggle.
- Practice gratitude, not complaining. Write, imagine and speak those elements about which you are truly grateful.
- Throw away the New Year’s resolutions and decide to bring awareness to your daily habits. What emotions are driving decisions? Ask yourself which ones you would like to change and which ones are positive. Commit to improving one at a time. Simple awareness can lead to better and easier choices.
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“Those who value their own wellbeing equally with the rest of the world can be trusted with the world. Those who love their life as if it were the whole world will be trusted with all things under heaven.”
Originally published: https://www.poshseven.com/giving-receiving.html