I thought I would post an e-mail that I sent out last Monday to the folks who follow my “Inspiration In Your Inbox” on a weekly basis. Partly because I want to share with you the kind of notes that go out each week to everyone who is part of the Habitual Victory family, but mostly because I had a lot of positive feedback from the people who read it and then applied some of the suggestions. I definitely wanted to make sure you had a chance to check this one out, and I hope it helps you find a little more magic in this wonderful and miraculous time of the year!
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Here’s last week’s e-mail:
What is it that seems so magical about the holiday season?
I mean, to me, it’s just like the song says, “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year!”
Is it because each of us finds the time to reflect on the things and the people that are truly most important to us?
Or is it that we begin to understand how wonderful it really is to give to others…even more so than it is to receive anything for ourselves?
Is it that we notice the twinkles in the eyes of the children as they seem to be happier and more energetic this time of year?
Or is it because the holidays signal to us that the current year is coming to an end and we realize there is a great opportunity for a fresh start?
Is it because we are so thankful for anything and everything that we have?
I’d actually say that it’s because of all of those things. And maybe a few more that you’ve thought of.
And so, in that spirit, I’d like to offer up five things that you can do this holiday season, starting immediately, to take your life to the next level and to start feeling like every single day is a holiday. Doesn’t that sound like something to strive for; a feeling of peace and goodwill all of the time?
If it sounds good to you, then give these a try and see what kind of impact it has on your life and also on the lives of those around you.
Are you ready? Here they are:
1. Take some time to get quiet and still amidst the holiday fun and the energy of the season, and focus on those special people and wonderful circumstances that you are most thankful for. Meditate on them and feel the feelings of gratefulness. Let it fill you with as much happiness as you can stand.
2. Savor the opportunities that you have to give to others this season. Not just out of obligation or family tradition, but do something special for someone in need. It doesn’t have to be huge. Give a dollar to a stranger. Leave a nice note on a car windshield. Buy a toy and leave it on a doorstep or give it to an organization that collects for the less fortunate. Try something new and different and see how a simple act of kindness can turn your whole season into a miracle!
3. Notice the kids. You won’t be able to help feeling like a child again yourself. I guarantee it.
4. Take advantage of the chance to start fresh. Not only on January 1st, but each and every day. With your first breath each morning, say “thank you” out loud for the gift of life. And then get about doing whatever it is you would do if you knew there might not be a tomorrow.
5. Pay attention to the good stuff. Notice what you have, where you are, who you’re with. Be thankful for all of it, and have faith that your life will be filled with even more people and circumstances for you to be thankful for, to the same degree that you are willing to be content in the present.
Give these a try and see what happens. You might just find a little more magic in the season than you even thought possible!
It’s a Wonderful Life,