What a very odd Christmas indeed. It started out weird because it was so warm and balmy outside! Instead of temperatures in the 20’s with snow and ice, we were hustling about in shirt sleeves in the 60’s! I kept hearing people say it just didn’t feel Christmasy at all. I thought about that for a while, but slowly a new perspective began to form in my mind. What if it wasn’t the weather at all throwing us off? What if in fact we are perhaps done with Christmas as it has been, as we enter into this new world? We all know or feel, ourselves and life in general, changing each and every day. It is almost to the point of Chaos. So why do we try to hold on to whatever is no longer needed, whatever is now outdated, it no longer holds the feeling it once did? Seems to me it’s okay, as it states we have moved just that much further along down the road en route to freedom. It would be wise to be aware of our shifts and hopefully allow them to take place without a massive struggle to not let go.
We know when it is time to change. We may repaint rooms in our homes, rearrange furniture, change our hairstyle, buy new clothes. Whatever it is, it is our way of honoring ourselves and saying yes to wherever space we are headed next. So why must we hold on to traditions like Christmas? It’s almost as if people feel fear of losing their control in their lives. If we can keep most things the same year after year it gives us security that life goes on, we are secure in who we are, false though it may be. Ask yourself who you would be without the usual Christmas in your life. You would still be the same person inside. We allow all of these external situations define who we are. If we strip it all away then who are we? Perhaps it is time we found out.
We are creating the new world brick by brick as we go along and suddenly we find what felt right in the old world no longer fits in with the new. So don’t fight it, don’t succumb to the pressure to keep up with the Jones’s. I suddenly realized this year Christmas no longer meant to me what it used to. There was no sadness over this, just an understanding that what was, no longer fit into my new world. This experience is asking us to be strong in ourselves, be courageous to leap outside the box and create new traditions, hopefully ones that hold more sincere meaning because they come from the heart not the purse or wallet.
Life is beginning to have more meaning for all of us, the triviality of our past no longer fits who we are now, like out grown shoes. I truly believe this new world in front of us is demanding we go within, find our priorities and begin to fashion our lives around those priorities and leave behind the distractions that have torn us away from truly living an authentic life. Living life with no meaning is over for a great many of us now. No need to feel fear, but rather excitement about what we fill these new empty spaces with. It is time to tip our world upside down and begin doing things the way we truly wish to do them and stop guilt tripping ourselves into repeating the same old life over and over again because it is all we’ve ever known. So what? Be brave!
Blessings to all…