Life’s short – put your tree up!

Though many said bah-humbug to my enthusiasm in putting up my holiday decorations on Halloween, I didn’t let it deter me or change my mind!

The holiday season is short and in my opinion, we don’t truly get the time to enjoy it enough between the pressure of shopping, wrapping, socializing and more. The holidays can pass us by because we are living in the high speed lane, so focused on what we need to do and where we need to get to that we forget to simply enjoy and appreciate.

With all the time and effort that is put into it, why not start early?

If we have learned anything this year, it should be that we never know what tomorrow will bring. For me, it was only a reaffirmation of my approach to life and a reminder that I sometimes need because, well, life can get in the way. We can lose sight when work, school, activities, family, responsibilities, duties and the daily chores of life cloud our vision and muddy our minds.

Many say life is short, but do we mean it? If we think it is so short, then why aren’t we eating dessert first or using the good china on any given day because in reality, each day is a special occasion? Why limit happy hour to an hour? Why do we let others make our decisions for us because of their judgments or differences in living? Why, why, why?

Bah-humbug to that! Your life, your rules. Life IS short. So put up your tree. Drink the egg nog. Dance to Jingle Bells even if it is a wee bit early in the season. The point is – enjoy! We’re in such a hurry to do everything else in life. Why should this be any different?

There has been nothing normal about this year. So why start now?!

Today, I give thanks for so much – including the pleasure I derive from the joyous, bright and fun decorations that warm up my home and that I will get to enjoy longer. Dare to be different. Learn how to say no more – and say yes more often!

Happy holidays!

Author: E.M. Murphy

A freelance writer, coach, eternal seeker and Renaissance soul who aims to open minds and hearts. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist, humanity and humor is at the heart of my writing, reminding us that the key to success will always start with a genuine concern for others while making sure to be true to our authentic selves.

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