I had a post set up for today, then I read Face Book this morning and changed my mind.
One of the FB groups I belong to has a daily "what are you up to" post. I sat and read the original post and then I read every comment left, and by the time I got done, I had tears in my eyes.
Everything I read was hurry, hurry, hurry. Tons of posts that said "I HAVE" to do this and that. I have to make hundreds of cookies, I have to make my Christmas cards, I have to make teacher gifts, I have to buy for any body and everybody, I have to make the prettiest packages, I have to decorate.......
You don't HAVE to do anything people! We all make choices and you have CHOSEN to do all those things.
We all need to remember that our names are NOT Betty Crocker or Martha Stewart. Perfection is a 'must' in your own mind.
Thirty years from now, your grandchildren aren't going to remember you set a perfect table - they are going to remember the fun things you did with them.
IF, JUST IF you didn't do all the stuff you think you have to do - will anybody die? NOPE!
Being perfect is an illusion. Being human and enjoying your time with your family is a reality.
Yes, I have several items I would LIKE to accomplish before Christmas as well, but I finally realized this week, that if they don't get done - oh well. My priority is to be as stress free as possible, and to enjoy the time I have on this earth with people I love. Stress can make you sick and it can kill you. It isn't worth it.
When the kids come to visit at Christmas, they just want us to spend time together. If I don't have all the homemade cookies and candies, they won't care. Being together is what it all about. That is what they will remember someday - not that Auntie didn't make enough variety of cookies!
Has anybody heard of the K.I.S.S. principle? Keep It Simple Stupid!!!!!! KISS. This is becoming my life motto. I want to simplify everything in life. I want to spend more time enjoying the moment and the people.
It is amazing to me that it has taken me 63 years to figure this out. Therein comes the term 'stupid'! LOL (I really don't like that word - but you understand what I mean).
I hope you all stop hurrying and stressing. I pray you all JUST enjoy.
The holidays will be over in a couple weeks and then you have a years wait to get the opportunity to enjoy them again.
Who knows if next year will even come.
PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS. ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY! ENJOY THE PEOPLE!
God bless you all.