Yup, it is Monday morning. Even worse is the fact for some it is after a LONG 4-day holiday weekend filled with food, family & friends and lots of shopping. Time to get back to work as we start to juggle the holidays with work.
Black Friday has passed. Small Business Saturday is done. Cyber Monday is in full swing. But the question I have for you this morning is…
Will This Matter A Year From Now?
The countless hours spent rushing around for gifts? The baking? The decorating? The non-stop whirlwind of activity? Some would say yes because despite the craziness, they are enjoying the moments. For others, you are so busy racing around, you don’t even remember the moments.
Life is constantly changing…. just when you think you got what you were looking for, doubt starts to creep in. Maybe this year you have more money (or less) for gifts. Maybe you are working countless hours missing out on time with family and friends. Maybe you have lost who you are as you spend time pleasing the rest of the world.
If you answer to the question above is a resounding NO! Then “let it go”…. (here the music for Frozen playing in the background)
Why do we spend time worrying about things we can’t control or fighting for things which don’t deserve our energy?
Did holiday celebrations with family trigger a button inside? You know the one of self-doubt, fear, or anger. Did the inner gremlins rear their heads because you allowed someone to push your button? Now you are spending your time on things which are insignificant in the big picture of things…
Maybe it was fussing with a rude store clerk during holiday shopping, or making a point with a trouble-making co-worker, or nitpicking over every mistake your child might make. The reality is some things simply are not worth it.
Fighting every battle leaves you little energy for the ones which really matter. In the process, you can damage relationships and stress yourself out. When you are intentional about which battles to engage in, you are more effective in resolving those challenges. After all, if you let go of the small stuff, it becomes clear the battles you choose are important. As a result, the people in your life or more likely to take notice and listen.
As we head into what is probably the craziest time of the year, I challenge you to let go of at least one battle this week. Enjoy the drop in your stress level.
What battle(s) did you engage in over the long weekend? Will it matter a year from now? If it won’t matter a year from now, are you willing to drop similar battles when they arise?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!