How to Keep Perspective at Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner. I know. I can’t believe it either.

Christmas offers the best of the best. Faith, family, food, festivities! But all too often, the season is filled with the worst of the worst. Judgment, heart ache, loneliness, anxiety, jealousy, harsh words. 

Why does a season that holds such promise get all distorted and disrupted? I think it happens when we lose sight of the main thing. I read somewhere (sorry, I don’t remember where) that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

When we lose sight of what is most important to us, we become like a ship that has lost sight of land, out on rough water. We get tossed about by every wave, gusted this way and that by any wind. The mountain of dishes, the overdone turkey, the overfull house, the Christmas sweater that is snugger than last year, and Aunt Betty’s not-so-subtle comments about said sweater. Any little stressor that arises can knock you right over if you aren’t holding onto your main thing.

This Christmas keep your sights on what is most important to you. When you hold on tight to that main thing and make a promise to yourself to keep holding on to it, waves and storms just can’t toss you about.

What is your main thing? What is most important to you? Love, joy, faith, sharing, appreciation, grace? How will you keep the main thing the main thing?

Here’s to Conquering Stress,
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