Surviving the Holiday Season

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It is vital that we accept imperfection in ourselves and others.

Holiday expectations can be overwhelming. We all feel like we have to cook the perfect meal, create the perfect decorations, and give the perfect gifts. And if we don’t manage those things, we have failed and the holidays are a disaster. Unfortunately, life is not a Norman Rockwell painting. Cookies burn, our crazy neighbor hangs 40,000 twinkle lights and our three measly strings won’t work at all, and the directions for assembling our kids’ new bikes might as well be written in Greek. If we can accept, with good grace, the holidays as they happen, however they happen, then we have a much better chance of enjoying ourselves and staying sober. So laugh about the burnt cookies and eat them anyway, be glad you’re not paying your neighbor’s electric bill, and take lots of pictures of the unassembled bikes and post them on social media so everyone can comment about how mechanically inept you are.

Task for Today
Accept your imperfections, as well as the imperfections of others.