As the holiday season approaches, and the challenging year that was 2020 draws to a close, I believe we can all benefit from a renewal in outlook, mind, and spirit.
Renewal: The act or process of being made like new: restored to freshness, vigor, or perfection; to make new spiritually; to restore to existence. To rebuild or to resume an activity or state after an interruption.
Consider these simple ways to renew yourself this Thanksgiving, throughout holiday season, and into the new year:
Renew compassion. The unique circumstances of 2020 created unparalleled challenges in our relationships — whether due to long months of distanced relationships or intense togetherness, or perhaps, because of differing viewpoints in a polarizing social and election year. The holidays are a perfect time to renew compassion and love for ourselves and one another. Give yourself and those around you grace to struggle, change, and grow.
Renew gratitude. Difficult seasons in life make it hard to embrace the true message of gratitude in Thanksgiving. Instead of getting caught up in the frenzy of holiday gatherings, gift giving, and elaborate meals, take time to reflect upon the blessings of 2020. Head into the new year with gratitude for all you’ve learned about yourself, others, and the world this past year. Your renewed grateful spirit will provide you with fortitude to take on whatever lies ahead.
Renew hope. 2020 seemed to throw one curveball after another. While there’s no guarantee that 2021 will be easy sailing, intentionally renew your sense of hope and joy. Creating light within will brighten your outlook and generate light to those around you. Renewed hopefulness will better equip you to embrace the joy and face the challenges that life brings.
The joy of the holiday season and the fresh start offered by a new year are the perfect time to focus on renewal of your outlook, mind, and spirit. Savor your time with loved ones … embrace the magic of the season… and be renewed in the promise of blessings to come!
With heartfelt thanks to my clients, family, and friends,