There are so many different celebrations around the world; even a search online brings up different lists of holidays. Each has such important meaning.
When I think about the celebrations, I think about time honoring others or events, time with family, time giving, time sharing, and time experiencing.
Time honoring others and events keeps them present in our lives, supports the learning, reminds us to be humble, and is an opportunity for being grateful.
Time with family – and family is defined many ways – is an opportunity to strengthen our bonds, show our care, and cement our love.
Time giving is a gift – the joy of giving to others and seeing their please is a wonderful experience.
Time sharing – sharing meals, sharing the celebration, sharing stories – it is a gift to enjoy life.
Being humble – recognizing the amazing people and events we celebrate and recognizing the value of being able to celebrate.
Being grateful – this in and of itself is a gift – being grateful is healthy for us both physically and emotionally and it reminds us of all we receive.
Recognizing that for some people, the holidays bring stress or sadness, for those of us who do have the gift of celebrating, let us also remember and honor those who struggle.
In support of your own preparation and reflection, here are a few coaching questions:
- Whichever holidays you celebrate, how do you want to think about them?
- What experience do you want to create?
- How will you do your part to make it a joyous occasion?
- What do you want to learn about different celebrations?
- How will you express yourself?
- What is your ideal outcome?
Best wishes to all for a joyous season.