In my last post, “Just Do Something”, I encouraged you to make 2020 better, starting now.
“The good news is you don’t have to wait for New Years to have a new resolution or attitude. Every day is a new beginning!”
I was thinking this morning, in the same way that there is no need to procrastinate when we want to ‘begin again’, there is also no need to procrastinate celebrating our progress, while on the way to achieving our goals. We can do it right now too. Whatever your resolution may be for 2020 or tomorrow, no matter how long it takes, remember celebration will strengthen you, so be excited about every step of the journey, on the way to your destination.
Change and progress will continue as long as we are on this earth and for me personally, I think when it comes to certain emotional or mental goals, it may take a lifetime to get it right! However, I love encouraging others and believe it should be handed out in generous proportions, so I urge you to take a moment to look back and see how much you have improved over the last year. Are you a little more patient or a little more giving? It is more productive to focus on the positive than mourning over your mistakes, which will only weaken you. Love fuels positive change more than punishment does, so build each other up and make a big deal out of the strong points and downplay the weaknesses. (Maybe practice this with your family over Christmas too. It could help change the dynamic and increase the merriness!)
We need to acknowledge our small milestones, with the same enthusiasm we give to a puppy for fetching a ball or to a baby taking their first steps. Think about it! We get really excited about their progress and don’t keep a record of every time they fail. We should perhaps treat ourselves the same way and rejoice with those outward expressions we give to our pets and children. Reflect on how far you have come, instead of how far you need to go, and let go of guilt from past mistakes and perceived failures. If you find you have nobody in your corner, cheering you on, you can still celebrate your progress. Although it certainly helps to have someone encouraging you, if that doesn’t happen, decide you will learn how to celebrate your own progress, which will help strengthen you to continue towards your goal, without resentment.
I have had a small break from the kitchen duties, doing this writing in between, which for me is a way to recharge my batteries. Now it is time to finish sorting the mess, so I need to end off and return to the dishes and making dinner, but thanks to the blog break, it will go more smoothly and joyfully, (and when I have a sparkling sink, that will be worth celebrating too!)
The last few days before Christmas can be a stressful time, with last-minute to-do lists and endless chores weighing us down but let us give ourselves permission to lighten up and inject celebration and joy into our daily lives. Celebrate your progress (don’t strive for perfection) and by doing this you can change the whole atmosphere in your home this holiday season. One of the best gifts you can give your family is a happy, healthy you, which cannot happen without celebration being a regular part of your life (and I think humour always helps too!)