Enjoy your Holidays

Ready for the holidays? Family, friends, beach, pool, walks, or perhaps a trip? Are you prepared to make the most of your vacation? We often spend a lot of time anticipating and hoping for the holidays to arrive, longing to disconnect from work, rest, and visit family and friends. But once we’re there, do we truly enjoy it as much as we’d like? We may miss our family, especially those who live far away, but it’s common to encounter disagreements during visits. We arrive full of excitement, the first days feeling like something new, but eventually, differences arise that often mirror past conflicts and serve no useful purpose.

This holiday season, I propose an exercise in understanding rather than judgment. Judgment often leads to disagreements. When you catch yourself judging, take a moment to pause and shift that thought towards understanding. If something about your mother’s actions bothers you, try to analyze why she behaves that way. Perhaps it’s her way of expressing love and longing for you, even if it doesn’t have the intended effect. Look for the true intention behind a person’s actions, focusing on the positive rather than dwelling on the negative impact it may have on you. If there’s a habit that irritates you, try to accept it instead of letting it frustrate you, as you cannot change it. Embrace the present moment; as discussed in this post (ichigo), cherish each moment as unique, as these moments won’t return in the same way again. Spend quality time with family and friends, disconnect from social media and electronic devices, and relish in the scenery, sunshine, and seasonal activities.

And don’t forget to take care of yourself. Set aside time to relax, go for a stroll, engage in some exercise, or read on the beach. Practice reflection exercises each morning, recalling the beautiful experiences of your holiday and appreciating the small details.

Finally, I propose something different. If your holidays typically follow the same routine year after year, challenge yourself to try something new. Even if you’re surrounded by familiar faces in familiar places, plan at least one different activity. If your summers usually revolve around beach outings, dinners, and family gatherings, consider organizing a unique activity with friends or embarking on a day trip. Shake up your routine and make this holiday season one to remember.

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