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wisdom of dogs, Issue #041-- Year of mindfulness
December 24, 2021

Spending the Holiday Alone?

A good portion of the population spends the holidays alone.

Sometimes, I am part of that portion. The first time it happened I was devastated. I cried. I felt sorry for myself.

But once I got over my “it’s not supposed to be like this,” I was okay. Better than okay actually.

Be Mindful

I went for a nice long walk on the uncrowded beach.

I cooked the dinner of my choice. I did not bother with a traditional holiday spread which would have been wasteful. Instead I made a normal meal and treated myself to a nice single size store bought dessert.

Then I settled in to watch a couple of good comedies. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

I was amazed. When I stopped feeling sorry for myself, I could be mindful.I could experience the good in the moment.

There was a lot of good. Huh. Who knew?

Angst and Acceptance

My angst was merely an unfulfilled expectation. Years of spending holidays with family and friends had made me think it would always be that way. That it should be that way. That was never a given.

Whether you spend this holiday surrounded by loved ones or on your own, be mindful.

Accept what is and make it your own.

You might even wear an elf hat and take a selfie. I know I did.

Happy Tail Wags

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