It’s that time. Fall is here. Pumpkins (both whole and spice) are abundant, apples are being picked and many of us have already planned well into the New Year.
I get it, believe me. I’m about to head into one of the busiest times of the year for me; the niceties of the fall are quickly covered by the reality of cold and flu season. Here’s a high level breakdown to the rest of my 2018: turkey will be carved, followed by an influx of patients, the holidays will be upon us, followed by another influx of patients, I’ll countdown to midnight…and be met with an influx of patients at the top of 2019.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year. The time spent with family, friends and the joy that it brings my children is immeasurable. It also warms my heart to be a source of healing and education on my patients’ journey back to good health. At the same time, the busyness of this time of year can easily get the best of us if we’re not careful. We can easily lose ourselves in the midst of it all — getting hung up on what to cook, what to gifts to get, who to buy for, who’s party to attend, who to invite, what we didn’t accomplish this year, what we have to get done for the next, what this person did or that person has, etc.
It can be very easy to start judging the truth or to begin calling it into question. Last year during my holiday rant (be on the look out for Season 2’s), I dropped a number of gems that I wanted reiterate as we head into the most wonderful time of the year:
2018 Holiday Guide for Protecting the Truth
1) Slow down and have appreciation for the things you have and the things you don’t have.
2) Be thankful for the people in your life and appreciate the people that are not in your life.
3) Slow down — a message for your 20 year old self and your 40 year old self.
4) Thankfulness in the heart goes a long way to breeding that holiday spirit and the holiday energy of love, peace and tranquility.
Simply put: slow down, take a moment and work to remain in a space of gratitude. Above all else, remember…the truth will set you free, if you let it!