It's the most wonderful time of the year!
But not for everyone.
Hear me out. This season is filled with all things merry and bright, like traditions old and new, trees and lights, cookies and family, music and happy memories! But this isn't the case for everyone. I was recently reminded that the holidays are extremely hard for others. For those who are struggling financially, who aren't surrounded by loved ones, who struggle with depression in the winter months, who feel stressed by trying to keep up, for those who are working while their families celebrate without them, for those have lost loved ones, for those who are reminded of pain from past holidays, etc...
These people aren't being the grinch. They aren't being party poopers. They aren't cold hearted. They're simply humans who don't find the holidays joyful. They're hurting for different reasons and they don't need our judgement. All they need is a gift any one of us can give to them.
The gift of compassion, empathy and kindness. All they need is for us to show them love and let them know they are seen, heard and loved.
This holiday season, I ask you guys to join me in being mindful and gifting kindness to everyone around us. Practice extra patience and shine light wherever you go!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you, whether you're celebrating traditionally or not.