I love the Christmas season… the twinkling lights, the carols, the decorations, the special family traditions and holiday parties. I love it all!
It’s also the season that I find myself creating great expectations. Wanting the perfect tree, finding the perfect gift, creating a beautiful holiday table with the perfect Christmas dinner. Packing in every special holiday event, party, and Christmas movie before December 25th!
The reality? Creating these lofty expectations can often lead to frustration and disappointment when things don’t turn out exactly the way you envisioned them. The endless lists and sleepless nights. Is this really the experience I want to have? Is this the experience I want to create for my family?
I pause to reflect on my greatest desire this Christmas. It’s simple really… to experience joy and gratitude. So how do I create this?
Let go of expectations. Be in the moment. Create the kind of connection that nourishes the soul.
One of my favourite quotes from Mother Teresa comes to mind…
“Do small things with great love.”
When we are truly present to the people we are with, we demonstrate this kind of love. When we let go of our great expectations and embrace the beautiful, imperfect nature of each moment, this is when we find our greatest joy.
~ Dr. Marissa Bentham