Your holiday hopes. I hope I don't or I hope I do?

By Dr GaryCA Latest Activity December 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm Views 1,083 Replies 2 Likes 1

Dr Gary

As we enter into the busiest time of the holiday season, I suspect the word “hope” has entered into your conversations, with yourself and with others. Lots of hopes during this time of year.

Here are some examples of the hopes I am hearing:

“I hope I don’t eat too much.”

“I hope I don’t overspend.”

“I hope I don’t wear myself out.”

Some of my clients have added some additional holiday concerns to the conversation:

“I hope I’m not lonely.”

“I hope I keep my cool.”

“I hope I stay sober.”

So lots of hopes for the holiday season. But here’s a question: Do these sound like hopes for a joyful holiday season? Or hopes to get through it with as little damage as possible?

I certainly understand that the holidays can be challenging. And it makes a lot of sense to want to proactively stay on top of your physical and emotional wellness, as well as your finances. Of course.

But all that hope-I-don’t thinking can result in lots of eye rolling, gritting your teeth, and a general sense of dread over the approaching holidays.

So here’s another question: if your holiday planning is all about what you hope not, where’s the fun?

What I am proposing is an approach to the holiday season that balances being realistic with being open to the joy that the holidays can bring. Here are some ideas:

So, what about you? Any hope-I-don’ts for you as the peak of the holiday season arrives? And, any hope-I-do’s?

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  • M0onst0ne
    M0onst0ne December 22, 2015 at 10:55 am   

    My Holiday hopes are for the positives. I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. I hope my family will remember the real reason for the season and be kind and generous to everyone they meet. I hope those having to work on the various holidays have safe travels to and from. Mostly I hope that no matters what happens or how I feel that will be the best Christmas ever!

  • Dr Gary
    Dr GaryCA December 23, 2015 at 8:22 pm   

    Hey MOonstOne, nice to meet you. Thanks for checking in. You have a great attitude, and I share the same hopes for the holidays this year. A time to be especially kind and caring toward others! Have a Merry Christmas!