Recently, I have been in the stores shopping more than normal. And what I hear a lot is a baby or toddler crying. I know they are crying from exhaustion and at that moment their mother or father probably feels like crying too. I would
love to tap the parent on the shoulder and say, "Why don't you go home, give the baby a rest and put your feet up and take a break?" This is the time of year we all need to be extra kind to ourselves. Everyone is running from place to place getting ready for the holidays. What would happen if we all slowed down just a little? Take a minute right now. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and imagine what the holidays would look and feel like if you slowed down a little and made time to practice some wonderful self-care. Is there a better present you could give yourself? What would you do with that minute? I would look out my window and look at the sky. What if you took an hour? What would you do with that hour? I'd put on some Christmas music, have a cup of hot tea and read a wonderful book. We often talk about the importance of taking an artist's date each week. What if you planned a holiday date with yourself or someone you would like to spend time with. Where would you go? What would you do? I love to go to a holiday concert each year and then stop for coffee and desert afterwards. We haven't done that in awhile. Maybe, this is the year we will start again.
When I participated in Jamie Ridler's Circe Circle several years ago we talked a lot about the importance of self-care and the creative person. There are times when the ideas and creativity are flowing and the energy is there to get it all done. Then there are times when we need to sit back, take a breath, and concentrate on taking care of ourselves. During this holiday season when you are taking care of the needs of everyone else I hope that you will also take care of yourself. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving not only to you but to everyone around you. I would love to know what things you do to take care of yourself during this very busy time of year.
When you share your dreams and your talent with the world, magic happens. Let the magic begin today.