Words to calm the holiday stress


It’s the time of the season when we begin to show that stress level associated with Christmas.

Family and friend obligations to attend every required party on the schedule, and you must show up in the holiday spirit.

It’s year’s end and a lot of extra business items need to get done before the calendar strikes Jan. 1.

Work doesn’t stop.

Schedules don’t get scaled back to carve time out for holiday preparation and shopping.

And the boss still thinks he deserves those eight hours a day.

Last year’s holiday sweater doesn’t fit (guess it shrank in the dryer).

Every charity in town thinks it needs just as much money as you had planned to give to your family and loved ones this year.

Driver etiquette goes out the window in races for that closest parking stall, and who has time to look in the rear view mirror? “OUT OF MY WAY!”

Stress is here, but for a moment please consider the following list of thoughts gathered recently from a HuffPost Women article. I am convinced that if you follow the spirit meant below that your Christmas will be one to remember.

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations compounded by December bad weather, it is good to remember that there are people who are worth the aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” — Donald Westlake

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” — Hamilton Wright Mabie

“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job that next day.” — Phyllis Diller

“Comfort and joy, the rest is details.” — HuffPost Women

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” — Sydney Harris

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange it for.” — Henry David Thoreau

“To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. ”— Phillip Andrew Adams

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.” — Caroline Kennedy

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it is compulsory. Like a thunderstorm, we all go through it together.” — Garrison Keillor

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” — Bill Cosby

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“The thing that is really hard and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” — Anna Quindlen

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” — William Shakespeare

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” — Marianne Williamson

Merry Christmas!

Randy Grant is director of the Walla Walla YMCA. He can be reached at 509-525-8863.


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