There’s so much to love about Christmas. There’s presents and trees, parades and cookies, Santa and elves, and great get-togethers with friends and families. And of course there’s the celebration of the birth of our Savior.
Christmas also brings with it a time of reflection and renewal. We are constantly reminded that our year is drawing to a close and we should stop and take inventory of ourselves, then offer up a resolution for the new year. What shall we improve upon? Shall we lose weight, quit smoking, get a new job, ask for a raise, or maybe build that in-ground swimming pool we’ve been dreaming about.
I’ve read that most of us will break our New Year’s resolutions within six weeks. Maybe that’s because we’re setting unrealistic goals or perhaps it’s because we weren’t really prepared to make such a drastic change in our lives literally overnight.
If there’s a positive change you desire in your life, why wait for an arbitrary date on the calendar to make that change? Just start when you’re ready, and set small goals and then as you reach those goals, get a new one. Then keep going.
And in the true Christian spirit of Christmas I’ll share something I like to do every year about this time. I write myself a letter of forgiveness.
Over the years I’ve known a lot of friends that have continuously beat themselves up over a bad decision. They spend far too long rehashing poor decisions. Now at the time perhaps that decision made perfect sense but for whatever reason, the decision didn’t work out. And they’ve spent way too much time beating themselves up.
We all tend to do this. If you sat down and thought about all the stuff you did wrong in a year’s time you might never get out of your chair. It’s a bad habit to get into and an even tougher one to break. Even though we love that idiom about “Don’t cry over spilled milk” do we live up to it?
So at the end of the year, I write myself a letter and offer up an apology for making a mistake and that helps me mop up that spilled milk without too much crying. I’ve done this for many years and it’s a form of self-discipline that works for me. Maybe it’ll work for you, too.
And so as Christmas draws near and likewise so does the end of the year, perhaps we can look back at our year and offer up our own forgiveness for any transgression we personally may have committed.
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