Emotional level: 6

Mental level: 6

TODAY I LEARNED: In Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, finding a spider or a spider’s web on a Christmas tree is believed to be a harbinger of good luck.

What is it about Christmas time that makes us completely lose our minds?

We constantly push and pull, buy presents here and there, bicker about the things we don’t have, and struggle to find just a sliver of time where we don’t feel overwhelmed.

Along with the stresses of the holidays, you can have an avid array of other issues like horrible family drama, bad memories associated with terrible events that happened during the holidays and many other negative associations with this time of year.

But I think it’s important to remember that the holidays don’t last forever. More importantly, we need to shift our focus on what is important during, what’s supposed to be, a wonderful time.

It’s been said for years and years by so many people…

Christmas isn’t about gifts. It’s about the time we have together.

Spending time with family and friends and becoming closer. It’s not about the fighting or the drama that ensues every year. It’s not about the presents. It’s not about money.

It’s all about the people in your life. And if you happen to be one of those people that are by themselves during the holidays, maybe try reaching out to a friend. I know, people suck and sometimes they don’t understand you, but you don’t have to think the same to enjoy your time with each other. We all think differently. That’s one of the many great things about being human.

I feel like a new state of mind is in order for this upcoming year. It’s the perfect time to change up old habits and knock out thought patterns that have been bothersome. That’s my plan. I have a feeling that 2020 will be different. It will be great and full of opportunity for the taking!

I think that the most vital part of this year has been when I finally caught on to letting go.

I know that sounds strange. People usually think that letting go of something is an easy process, but it’s not. There are things we don’t want to let go of, but we must. People, places, and things. Then there are those pieces of our lives that we want to let go of, but can’t. These are the hardest in my opinion. Whether it be a bad mindset, depressive thoughts, or old habits that you can’t quite seem to shake.

It’s usually the things that hurt us slowly that we don’t give much attention to.

But old habits WILL be shaken. My mindset will change for the better. The depression and anxiety will be more manageable. I’ve chosen these goals as my new start and they’re already in place. Also, I won’t rush myself, or, at the very least, I will try my very best not to rush.

In all hopes and wishes, I sincerely hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Yule. May it be a time of joy for you. May misery be void from your life. At the very least, may one thing bring you happiness, if only for a moment.

Blessed Be )O(

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