This is the time of year that we all tend to get more impatient. Standing in long lines at the check-out becomes routine. We fight over parking spaces like they're free tickets to a rock concert that's been sold out for a month. We find little annoyances even more irritating. We have long lists of things to do and time doesn't seem to be cooperating. We grumble more and smile less. Our patience runs thin. We even feel a little persecuted, like it's just happening to us. "Why me?", we ask ourselves. The thing is, though, that we're all in this same boat together. We all have lots to do with little time to accomplish the tasks. Everyone has laundry to do and kids to feed. It's not much of a comfort, I know, but it it helpful to remember that Universe isn't just picking on us. I made myself a promise that this holiday season, I was going to be a kinder and gentler frog. There will be no more tapping my flippers impatiently while I wait in line. That doesn't do any good, except maybe excercise my lower extremity. Instead, I will smile more and, perhaps, even chat with the frog in front of me. I won't grumble when I have to hop a little farther because all the good parking spaces are taken. I won't feel rushed but, rather, I will enjoy the hustle and bustle that comes each Christmastime. I might even take what appears to be wasted time and work on self-improvement; like repeating calming mantras or listening to soothing music. These are all things that help to lower the blood pressure and increase happiness. I can't say what things will work for you, but it is important to not get stressed out. Being upset isn't good for your health and it has a way of sucking all the joy out of this magical time of year. The next time you find yourself getting impatient, check it at the door. Take a deep breath, and relax. And remember, we're all in this together. Since misery loves company, why not get to know the others that are currently sharing your boat? They could turn out to be somebody you'll be happy you met!
Land of Lily Pad's first published author. I enjoy writing fun and educational books for kids. My blog is for you parents; the kiddos might like some of them, too. As always, everything I write is family-friendly, so don't hesitate to share my messages with everyone. I hope you find them helpful and maybe even inspirational. Cheers!