Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Let It Shine

Two weeks from now many of us will be putting our feet up and heaving a sigh of relief.  We'll be dining on leftovers from the big feast, enjoying the company of family and friends, and feeling grateful that all of the holiday hype is behind us.  

But is it?

Seems to me that no sooner has Christmas passed than we are inundated with advertising for 
weight loss and fitness programs 
(with the accompanying guilt inflicting messages about all those holiday treats we worked so hard to produce), 
credit counselling ads 
(to deal with the overspending encouraged by all that 
pre-Christmas marketing), 
and ads for tax preparation companies 
(because it's never to early to start worrying that the tax man cometh.)  


We'll read more than our fill of print and on line articles about New Year's resolutions.  

Some of us will even make a resolution or two, but most of us will just feel saddened by our lack of resolve.

No thank you.

I mean, seriously:  No. Thank you.

Let's take a good long look at where all this messaging originates:  

Marketing companies and advertising agencies have discovered that guilt sells.  If we are made to believe that we're less than what we should or could be, a market is created for products that promise to help us be better, be more, do more.  
If a need is perceived, they are certainly happy to fill it.

Don't get caught up in all that hype.  
You're wonderful just the way you are.
You are enough and do enough
- and even more than enough -
all the time.  

Every single one of  you does at least twelve 
remarkable things every single day.  

They may not seem remarkable to you because you do them all the time, but to the family you love, the friends you support, the children you encourage, and the community you serve, they make a huge difference. 

If you weren't there, you'd be missed terribly.  

For the first time in many years, I'm making a resolution.  

It's a simple one.  

I'm going to embrace positive thinking.  

Instead of listening to all that negative messaging, I'm going to focus on doing the things I do well, and on enjoying those things while I do them.

I'm going to be grateful for my friends and loved ones 
and I'm going to encourage them too,
by praising them for their positive actions and attributes.

It's simple, really.  

Happiness begins with me.  

I am enough.  

I'm going to let my little light shine.  

Hopefully it will brighten the days of those around me too.