You have incredible capacity to effect change in other people simply by being with them, hearing their concerns, and showing compassion.
As much as you may wish it, your Christmas won’t be from a Hallmark movie; your dinner is not a scripted scene with witty dialogue, actors who always act their part, and picture perfect props; your life is not a production.
May your second week of this special season be bright, intentional and full of wonder. Make it all that you want it to be, and let go of everything else.
Maybe the disappointment is because my favorite gift was spending the holiday season enjoying their company, and now that they have given me that most extravagant gift, it's going away.
May this year’s celebration be one of less guilt and more enjoyment. Fewer Thanksgiving tchotchkes and more intimate connections. Less conflict and more compassion. Fewer power struggles and more communication and collaboration. Less whirlwind and more mindfulness. May your day be full to the brim of things to be grateful for, in whatever form they come.