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                                             A Moment of Reflection

A crisis really has a way of forcing you to confront priorities in your life. Recently I lost two immediate family members within a couple months of each other. I spent five months in crisis mode, helping them leave this world with dignity and then attend to all the tasks that happened in the aftermath. At times I literally felt like a ping pong ball getting hit every which way without much control. Now that I’m confronting the first few holidays without them, I find myself really evaluating how I spend my time. I discovered some enlightening things!

I had gotten into a habit of plopping down in front of the television with my phone in hand to tune out with some mindless entertainment. As a result of that, I realized I spent little time doing things that were important to me or were enjoyable. One of the easiest things to immediately purge from my daily bad habits was social media. When you experience a significant loss, you realize how unimportant 99% of what you scroll through is. Yes, it’s lovely to see what everyone is up to, but it also highlights how superficial that connection can be. At first my absence was out of necessity because I had so many other demands on my time, but the longer I was away from a daily routine of checking in online, the less and less I missed it. Now, I’m just focusing on posting a message for my friends and family’s major milestones like birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.

Harder to cut ties with is binge watching on Netflix or flipping through my favorite HGTV shows. It’s so easy to lose touch with how much time we’re spending in front of a screen and to succumb to fatigue at the end of a busy day. So each night I’m making a conscious effort to not turn on the television or zone out playing games on my phone. Not only am I getting more accomplished, but I’m also finding that I’m able to get back to doing the things I enjoy like puzzles or reading or mosaics. Time is fixed; there is only so much of it and we can’t get it back once it’s gone. One of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself this holiday season is to figure out what you want to do with your time and identify a plan for how to make it happen. 

May you and your family enjoy a peaceful holiday season!