Holiday 2008

Dear Friends

My stepdaughter recently took a job at a time share resort that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The place is absolutely breathtaking and, needless to say, very expensive. Almost every day she comes home with a story about how someone berated her, yelled at her, insulted her -- all because they didn't get the ocean view room they wanted, the cleaning crew didn't get to their villa quickly enough, the guest had forgotten their keys, etc. Not once has she been yelled at for something that she actually had a hand in doing or not doing. At first these dressing downs really shook her up. Never in her life had she experienced people treating her in this manner, and she was taking it personally day after day. She hated her job and wanted to quit. It's amazing that so much ugliness can happen in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Somehow she has learned to not take it personally anymore. She realizes that the people are just angry about not getting their way and not angry with her as a human being. Her experiences seem particularly important when the holidays are upon us. How many times have we, ourselves, gone into stores that are overcrowded, understaffed, and understocked and found ourselves snapping at the first person we see? The overworked check-out person or the shelf stocker becomes the target of our rage.

This holiday season, we need to step back, take a deep breath and realize that the person we are about to unleash our fury on probably has nothing to do with what we are really upset about. We need to remember that during the holidays, everyone's stress level rises and we aren't suffering alone. As wonderful as this time of the year is, getting from point A to point B is often not wonderful at all. So breathe deeply, smile even when you don't feel like it, and let the real meaning of the season into your heart. Everyone will benefit from this -- your family, the people you come into contact with on your errands, your co-workers and, most importantly, you!

Other Issues:
From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- The Art of Imperfection

From our archives -- Saddle Up

From our archives -- Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Early Summer 2014 -- Embracing our Dormant Times

From our archives -- Taking Time to Listen

Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

From our archives -- Break Away from the Herd

Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

Winter 2010 - Lessons From Feral Kitty

Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Taking That First Step

Early Spring 2010 - I Think it's Time

Winter 2009 - Choose Love, Not Fear

Holiday 2009 - Paying it Forward

Fall 2009 - You're Not Alone

Late Summer 2009 - "Searching" for Peace

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