Think of your favorite holiday tradition.
Whether it’s lighting candles around the house, baking a Pecan Pie, or watching the black and white version of “Miracle on 34th Street,” I can bet you one thing…
Your favorite holiday tradition is your favorite because it makes you feel like home.
For some of us the feeling of home might align with where we grew up or the people who raised us. But for most of us, it’s more than that. Eventually, “home” ends up being less about a person or place and more about a feeling.
Home is comfort. It’s joy. It’s the feeling of, “yes, this is me.”
Those people, places, and things that make us feel like home move us, touch us somewhere deep, and then don’t let us go.
So, with that in mind, you wanna know the real reason the holidays make us feel c-r-a-z-y?
Cuz’ it’s the time of year that calls us home! It’s the time we, consciously or unconsciously, start to shed anything that doesn’t feel like home.
Naturally, this shakes things up.
a relationship hits its breaking point.
a job no longer excites us.
an apartment or a whole city no longer feels right.
It’s like shaking off the residue from a year (or years) build up of the no good, or the “good enough for now”…
You know what I’m taking about, don’t you?
And as you question these major choices, emotions heighten, and you end up pointing fingers at Mom, Dad, or your annoying sister in law..
No, no, not this year.
Rather than let this holiday season get to you, take hold of it, recognize it’s about you, and see it as an opportunity…
to let go.
to take a different road.
to find your way back home.
“Even when it is our own dismal choices that have blown us off course – too far from what we need – hold faith, for within the soul is the homing device. We all can find our way back.”
– Clarrisa Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves
>> To put yourself back on course, right now, write down five pieces of your life that don’t feel like home <<
( a person, a job, even something as minor as a piece of clothing or a workout routine you dread )
Then, choose at least two to let go of, with ease, this holiday season, knowing, believing, that in letting it go you are taking one step closer to home.
Happy holidays! xo