Sane and Special (wk 51)

Almost finished with Cheryl Richardson’s, Life Makeovers, a week by week process of changing your life. Because I started this midyear instead of at the New Year, my works do not always correlate with her chapter plans. Her final few chapters in this book are taking place over the Christmas holidays so while I am looking forward to the Fourth of July, she is gearing up towards a new year. I have taken this chapter and altered it to fit where I am at this place in time.

This week is summed up by finding ways to keep this holiday week sane amid the craziness that can develop and keep it special for yourself and others in your immediate sphere of influence.

Her suggestions:

Smile more– even if you don’t feel like it, this simple act can be an immediate mood lifter. I do believe in this. It goes along with positive thoughts and positive actions. It’s a small thing to do and an honest smile at any time of the year is always a welcome sight.

Go for a drive and enjoy the holiday decorations. Well, that isn’t going to happen but going for a drive and enjoying the view, the beach, the mountains, the park, is always an option. There is something about getting out of the same old, same old rut you are in and checking out the views that often lead to creative breakthroughs. Use this time for all its worth.
Sit quietly by the fire and lights of the tree- Well, even in winter, very few SoCal people have fires going. Being the middle of June, there is no tree either. But that doesn’t stop me from checking out local garden areas and sitting quietly at night just listening to music is always an option as well.

Help a parent– acknowledge and aid a parent that can use a little relief at this time of year. I think appreciation is always welcome and you don’t need the excuse of holidays to do this. Offer up thanks to the parents in your life or acknowledge other parents you come into contact with to let them know what a great job they are doing. A little goes a long way. A little thanks. A little word. A little help.

The biggest takeaway here is to not lose yourself in the shuffle of the daily grind or the busyness that life tends to throw our way. Relax. This thing called life is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy it in all its glory.

The only action work this week is simple:

Breathe 

I can do that.