Happy Friday! We are now in the midst of the holiday season. Contrary to the myth, depression and suicide are not on the rise during this time. However, that doesn’t mean that loneliness, sadness, and strife don’t exist during this time. Sometimes I think it gets highlighted more because this is a time that is supposed to be all about gathering with loved ones.
And therein lies something about the way we connect with one another. We tend to let a day hold more significance for our relationships than we do the cumulative moments. We tend to get irritated with our loved one–and people in general–just for being human. We expect them to think and act the way we would. But we forget that they are not us and they do not have the same life experiences and world view as we. I think it’s time for us to have fuller, deeper, more rich connections with ourselves and one another. But in order to do that, we have to get real with ourselves and with one another about what really happens when we don’t like something. That means we can’t just react or lash out. We have to be mature–even when we don’t want to. I think we should give it a try. What have we really got to lose? Glad you asked! Truthfully, not a doggone thing.