I read Maisey Yates’ blog this morning http://www.maiseyyates.com/?p=847 and it struck a chord with me. My sister’s husband had a life improving operation on Sunday and I swear she had already written the eulogy for his funeral. He’s fine by the way. As Maisey says, why do we always imagine the worst?
As a trained Louise Hay teacher, http://www.louisehay.com/ a philosophy that advocates positive thinking, you would imagine that I would be better at this myself. I suppose the answer is, yes I am, most of the time. I accept that when it concerns your nearest and dearest it is more difficult. The thing is, as I’ve seen over the last few days with my sister, if you begin to think black thoughts, you seem to invite more in and then end up in a right stew.
Message for the day then? Let’s all make a concerted effort to look on the bright side this week, despite the restrictions imposed by the weather.
Negativity is definitely infectious. I think it's going to be a funny old Christmas this year, everyone's plans thrown up in the air by the weather. But you know, I think Christmas might be better for a dose of muddling through with what we have, rather than endlessly shopping for perfection.
You know, you're absolutely right. It's always harder when it's someone closer to you. My hubby is negativity personified at times and I have to really make an effort to not be swallowed up by it too 🙂 At the moment, with all the bad weather etc surrounding us, there's a lot to be unhappy about. But we also need to be thankful for lots as well… thanks for the reminder x
It's the funniest thing, but Maisey always seems to be blogging about just what I'm thinking about.
It's so easy to be worrying about the bad things that are coming- and they will come eventually- that I forget to enjoy what I have right now. My elder daughter turns 17 next month. If I don't enjoy having her aroung right now, she'll be gone before I know it. This week when we have fewer committments, I'm going to practice being grateful for the very many wonderful things I have in my life.
It's so easy to get carried away at this time of year, and only concentrate on trying to make the big day perfect. What was it Cary Grant wrote for David Niven in The Bishop's Wife? Something about making sure to remember whose birthday we are celebrating and what he would want for a present. I'm not a Christian but I love that story and think it speaks to the heart of Christmas.
Joanne – I agree. Christmas is far too based on buying everything under the sun. The weather must have freed loads of people from doing what they always do.
Xandra – I needed the reminder too!
Julia – Yes, I laughed when I read Maisey’s post, as it echoed my feelings so much. As regards gratitude, I once used to keep a gratitude book by my bed and write at least ten things in it each day.
Serenity – I think far too many people have forgotten what Christmas is really about. You don’t see that much peace and good will to all men in shopping centre car parks!
Sister’s husband home this afternoon, in pain, but well. Hope you all have a wonderful gratitude filled Christmas.