‘I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.’ Â â€¢Â Child star actress Shirley Temple
And so this is Christmas . . . what have you done?’ Â â€¢Â John Lennon
Another year over and how was it? Mistakes have been made, lessons have been learned and hopefully we are all a little wiser than at the start of 2013. What are your hopes for 2014? I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions as I don’t believe they are very effective and many people fail to keep them up which can psychology put you at a disadvantage early on in the year. Instead, I have wide ranging goals, some that I would like to complete in six months and others to be done by the end of the year. I work to these goals loosely but they give me direction and a few areas to focus on as I make my way through the year.
I dislike the way Christmas time is a ‘forced’ time of cheer and I find a lot of it superficial but I do like to use the time to reflect and appreciate the good things in my life. Special people who make my life special as well as wonderful experiences and opportunities that I have had during the previous year. I also spare a thought for those who have no one to share Christmas with. The downside of Christmas is that it is a reinforcer of loneliness for many. A sharp reminder that they have received no Christmas cards and that no one will be visiting them over the festive period.
If you are lucky enough to be spending time with family (although many families find Christmas extra stressful too!), take time out to really enjoy the moment. Put the mobile phone away and focus on the people around you. You never know what the future will hold and it’s important to fully enjoy the moment. People and experience are what make life fulfilling.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas!!