Even sugar-charged Ratatoskr has fallen victim to the dreaded HOLI-DAZE!
(He is currently riding with me on one of my blood runs, having just collapsed after telling his last Christmas joke:
"Did you hear about the dyslexic Devil worshiper who sold his soul to Santa?")
SO: HOW CAN YOU AVOID THE HOLI-DAZE?
1.) REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON:
The Great Mystery's Light visited our world in the human form of a tiny infant.
Take a moment to reflect that that very Light might reside in the hurrying body of the person next to you,
that very Light formed the stars and the seas and the birds of the air.
Breathe in deeply and pause to soak in the wonder of His caring for the sparrows of the field ...
and you ... and what it cost Him.
2.) SLOW DOWN AND SMELL THE MISTLETOE
And the cinnamon and the chestnuts and the turkey
and all of the other delicious smells, beautiful sights, and familiar sounds
that have become symbols of the joy of the holiday season.
Enjoy it in the way it was meant to be enjoyed,
by relaxing and sharing quality time with family and friends. The rest is just window dressing.
Don't allow the hustle and bustle of the season to cause you to sacrifice sleep.
It's normal during the holidays to have more on your to-do list than usual,
but that shouldn't result in cutting SLEEP from that list!
Sleep is restorative.
It's the time when your body replenishes itself at a cellular level
and repairs itself from the damage of mental stress, physical strain, infection, sun exposure, and pollutants.
Without enough sleep,
our minds and bodies don't function as well as they could, which makes us less productive.
And sleep even aids in LOSING WEIGHT!
SO SLEEP MORE & WEIGH LESS!!
4.) AIM FOR PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION!
When you expect perfection in your holiday preparations,
expect a lot of added and unnecessary stress and fatigue as well.
No battle ever went as planned --
And Christmas can be a BATTLE!
If you're planning to host a party, why do you need to prepare a major feast?
Why not try an assortment of easy-to-make side dishes or appetizers?
Or why not consider sharing the load by making the event a pot luck?
Most holiday guests feel compelled to bring something anyway, so why not let them bring a dish?
5.) PLAN A SILENT NIGHT
Block it in your calendar as if it were a visit from the Pope.
Plan a night for just you.
Listen to your favorite music no matter if it is POLKA!
Dance by yourself if the whim takes you.
Whatever would heal you in your down time, do it.
Even when you are alone,
you are not alone
if you love:
6.) ELF YOURSELF
Or your boss. Or your friends.
Laughter has been around for awhile now. There's a reason for that.
Mark Twain has young Satan ask:
"Will a day come when your race will detect the funniness of these juvenilities and laugh at them--and by laughing at them destroy them?
For your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably only one really effective weapon--laughter.
Power, Money, Persuasion, Supplication, Persecution--these can lift at a colossal humbug,--
push it a little-- crowd it a little--weaken it a little, century by century:
but only Laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.
- "The Chronicle of Young Satan," Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts
7.) START AND END WITH GRATITUDE
In a sense THANKSGIVING starts the HOLIDAY season and there is WISDOM in that.
If you are not grateful for what you have,
you will soon find yourself with even less.
Somewhere in this world someone is happy with less than what you have.
The way to start and end the day is
to pause and list the things and people that have made and make your day better just by being in your life.
You may have lost some things, beloved persons in your life -- give yourself permission to grieve.
Take ten minutes to feel shitty.
THINK OF HOW LUCKY YOU WERE TO HAVE THEM AT ALL --
HOW DIFFERENT A PERSON YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN WITHOUT THEM.
Decide then and there that at least for Christmas,
you will be a healing presence in at least one person's life --
even if it is only to let some harried driver in the crowded lane ahead of you.
MY PRAYER FOR ALL YOU,
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
HAVE A HEALING, PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS!
Ratatoskr just rolled over and told me to ask you guys:
"What do you call Batman when he skips church?
You groan at me, and Ratatoskr is fast asleep!!
My Christmas gift to you:
My Christmas gift to you: