We see the look in their eye, and the smile on their face. We know what they are going to say before they say it, “I’m falling in love.” Our inner cynic rises up since this is the fifth time they have announced they are “falling in love” this year! Sound familiar? There are many myths out there, but the myth of falling in love is one of the biggest lies we believe today.
How are those resolutions working out for you? The end of January is when the reality of resolutions often hits us. We start with too many and end up doing none of them. I prefer a goal to a resolution. Resolutions are dreams goals focus on reality.
Real change is something we all think about in the new year. Many people set goals and try to make a change in their life. Losing weight is probably the number one goal for most people at the beginning of the new year. However, many of us have many different areas we want to bring change to.
The second part of my Christmas parable gift to you this year.
As a gift to you this Christmas, the next two weeks will contain a parable for the Christmas season.
The Lions and The Scorpions: Part 1
My guns were at the ready. My mask was adjusted just right. My hat was blocking the sun perfectly. Yes, I had become the Lone Ranger! Christmas as a 6 year old was perfect for me because I had gotten a Lone Ranger outfit. Looking back I’m sure the mask was cheesy and the guns made that little click noise that didn’t intimidate anyone, but to my 6 year old brain, it was perfect. Watching old Lone Ranger reruns after school, was a regular habit for me. My parents saw this and got me the outfit. The joy I felt on Christmas when I received the gift was incredible and I wore the outfit for days.
Serving others is one of the strongest themes during the holidays. Caring and serving others should be our attitude and focus all year long. Many of us do not carry this theme throughout the year because we get burnt out. We give and give and never replenish ourselves. This causes us to take time for self-care, which is very healthy. However, it becomes unhealthy when we use being burnt out as an excuse to become selfish. So what is the difference between healthy self-care and unhealthy selfishness? Let’s compare the two and make some observations.
Recently I was at an event that had a bunch of food trucks serving people. All different types of food trucks were there and the event was full of all different types of people. While standing in line, I noticed how all the different types of people were connecting. Whether it was a line for all beef hot dogs with a myriad of toppings, funnel cakes with powdered sugar, or crawfish etouffe, everyone was connecting over their love of food.