I was standing in line at the Post Office with packages to mail. The man in front of me, as he received his receipt from the postal worker said, “Well I won’t bother to wish you happy holidays. I can’t stand this fake, cheerful crap.” She nodded. “Good. I feel the same way.”
Maybe you know what they feel like. This could be one of those years when everything seems wrong. Maybe it’s the first year without someone special around your table. Or possibly financial stress or the dark cloud of depression have descended upon you and sucked the joy out of the season.
Although you may feel lonely, you are not alone. For many, this time of year is something to be endured and survived. Even though it will pass – as all holidays and seasons do – coping with the season can be challenging. As you’re waiting for it to be behind you, I suggest you try the ‘One Thread’ practice.
Every day, notice one single thing – one thread – that is pleasing to you. It could be a breath of fresh air, or the pretty image of shadow on snow. It could be a song, a sound, a smell, a laugh, a memory. Look each day for the one pleasant thread that will keep you tethered to this day. And remember, the new year will be here before you know it.