Making holiday memories


I treasure notes from readers, and here’s one well worth retrieving from the vault:

Feeling Grinch-y?

I received this note today from a terrific, talented woman. It’s such an inspiration, I just had to share it:

Dear Ann,

I found myself getting cranked up yesterday about what was NOT done for the holidays. I’ve been battling a sinus infection and cold for nearly three weeks. I’ve been to the doctor twice and taken two rounds of antibiotics, two rounds of antihistamines, and finally a steroid shot. While much better, I’m still not 100%. Combine that with year-end hustle and bustle at home and at work: I’ve been ready to embark on a major pity party.

Having read your sweet eletter this week (Joy!), I found myself thinking about what memory I really wanted to make for my family this year. And that became my focus. Instead of thinking about what wasn’t done and wouldn’t get done, I focused on what I could do. My mood lightened exponentially, I found a bit of a spring in my step, and I turned the Grinch corner.

The doctor gave me some new meds, which seem to be working much better, I assigned tasks to my family, got the maid in to touch up the house a bit, and lo and behold, I think we’re going to have a good family memory this year. We’re cooking together, baking together, and focusing on our time, taking photos, enjoying a glass of wine, and appreciating each other.

Your advice was so well-timed and so easy for me to focus on, that I wanted to share this with you. The concept of focusing on what I really wanted us to have as the take-away from this Christmas and NOT on all the to-do’s, was the sweet nugget for me. Thank you, Ann, for helping me to gain clarity. My hope for you is that you can find the same sweetness this week.

Merry Christmas, Ann!

photo by Mykl Roventine

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