This Christmas, allow yourself to breathe and find serenity in the small moments; may your heart be filled with tranquility and love light up every corner of your life.
Peaceful Christmas: A Letter for Overwhelmed Hearts
As the season of lights and colors unfolds, I want to share some thoughts with you, particularly if you find Christmas to be a bit overwhelming or melancholic this year.
First and foremost, know that you are not alone. While Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for many, it can also bring about reflection and sadness for others. It's normal to feel overwhelmed by the expectations, the nostalgia, or even the loneliness that these dates can bring.
Remember, it's okay not to feel entirely festive. It's perfectly fine to find a moment of calm amidst the hustle, to carve out a space for yourself, and to take deep breaths. You don't need to force a smile or pretend everything is fine if it's not. Your emotional well-being is just as important as any other holiday tradition.
I encourage you to find beauty in the small things: a cup of hot chocolate, a street lined with lights, a sincere hug from a friend, or the sweet memory of good times. Sometimes, the magic of Christmas isn't in the grand celebrations but in those small, personal moments that bring peace.
If you feel lonely, remember that giving isn't limited to material gifts. A kind gesture, a call to an old friend, offering your time, or simply sharing words of encouragement can be invaluable gifts. These acts not only brighten someone else's day but can also bring light to your own heart.
And if nostalgia weighs heavy on you, it's okay to look back and remember, but it's also important to remember that each Christmas is a chance to create new memories. Perhaps this year is the time to start new traditions, alone or with others, that reflect what you truly value and desire.
Lastly, but certainly not least, remember that Christmas is just a moment in the year. It doesn't define your happiness or worth. So, even though it might be hard, try not to put too much pressure on yourself during this time. Instead, use it as a reminder to take care of yourself, to love yourself, and to know that you deserve peace and joy, not just now, but always.
With warm wishes and hopes for your peace and serenity,
© Shoshan, 12/22/2023
Whispers of Calm: A Poem to Find Oneself Amidst the Hustle of Christmas
In the whirl of lights and sounds,
where hustle turns into a tide,
I pause, I breathe, and seek to find
a tranquil haven, a sacred shrine.
The streets are full, the carols ring,
but inside me, a gentle peace begins
to grow, soft and serene,
reminding me that calm is my choice to glean.
Shopping and plans, an endless spree,
but in my soul's soft whisper, I see
the value of a simple candle's glow
lighting the path to my inner show.
It's not the gifts, nor the lavish feasts,
that give meaning to these scenes,
but self-love, that powerful force,
which in chaos, binds my peace with gentle cords.
So I speak to myself, gently, unhurried,
remembering that in me flows the breeze
that can soothe the strongest crisis
and turn the noise into a gentle ease.
Now I breathe, now I feel,
in this moment, my own support and zeal.
Peace is not distant, not just an endeavor,
it's my eternal gift, my sweetest lever.