This time of year is tough - very tough - for many people. Only last week there was a heartbreaking incident near my home where a person was perched on the ledge of a major highway overpass. The person was despondent over the holidays. Fortunately, officials were able to console and persuade the person to come down and receive assistance.
Here are three suggestions for enjoying your holiday.....the Buddhist way:
1. Work to enjoy the holiday you’re having, not the one you were hoping for. Try releasing expectations shaped by the past. This is a different time, you, your family and friends are different people.
2. Don't compare yourself with others. Yes, others may look happier, wealthier, more successful, etc, etc, etc. But all of that is very deceptive. Many people are just like you, all feeling the pressures and stresses of the holiday season in their own way.
3. Manage the holiday, don't let it manage you. The real meaning of the holiday revolves around kindness, compassion, generosity, spiritual friendship. Those are qualities you inherently have. Begin to share and sow those seeds with those around and your holiday will be more meaningful and uplifting for you.
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