• Feeling the Joy

    Joy.

    That’s what this season is about isn’t it? Decorative lights, seasonal treats, holiday music, special gifts all intended to amplify a time of good cheer, generosity, and joy.

    However, sometimes the elements of the season that are supposed to bring smiles and laughter instead create high expectations and long to-do lists that foster stress and overwhelm. There are presents to buy and wrap, decorations to hang, cookies to bake, parties to attend. None of these are particularly terrible tasks, but piled together to be done in a short period all with the expectation of being jolly throughout and it can become exhausting trying to have that much fun!

    It might help to take a few moments to remember that this season, more than anything, is about creating joy. And making ourselves crazy with things we must do is not the best way to generate a joyful feeling.

    At Sweet Muse, some days can get extremely busy and very long as I work to get brownies baked and make sure every brownie gift is packaged up as ordered and shipped to arrive on its target date. On these days in particular, I like to think about the individual or people who will be receiving the brownie gifts and the joy that I hope they will feel when they open the package. The work becomes easier. The list of things to complete that day seems shorter.

    As we go about our preparations and activities this month let’s remember why we are doing the things we are doing. A gift or act of kindness to bring a smile. Lights to brighten the darkness. Treats to make the day special. Preparations for a party or gathering to share laughter with family and friends. Let’s remember the joy!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 17:52
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