Merry Christmas to all you swim-upstream faithful!
This is a time of year when many people give thanks, give and receive gifts, and focus less on work (for most) and more on the people they cherish.
There are also those who feel more stress at this time of year than any other.
For those of you who are (luckily) so engaged in family and social functions that you won't get this for 2 or 3 days- rock on and just as we said exactly 2 weeks ago- your mission upon reading this is to live more days exactly as you do today (monetary attributes and gift exchange aside).
For those who hate the holidays, or feel lonely or stressed at this time of year- the task is to consider what you can be thankful for this time of year even if you are not celebrating Christmas the way Hallmark tells us to.
While I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to have great family and friends to spend the holidays with - I also am thankful for this platform- the ability to reach hundreds of people and hopefully make a difference in their day, possibly their decisions, and maybe even their lives!
If I can't see my friends today, and when family life gets a little stressful- I do have things I am passionate about to bring more positivity into my life. If today is not a great day to celebrate - you don't have to be someone that everyone else feels sorry for- you can be someone that everyone else looks up to.
Christmas is a fantastic time of year- almost by default- but if this is not the case and you find yourself low in terms of a list of people to spend the season with- you can always define the day your own way and get a jump start on your life's mission or at least on your list of goals and achievements for 2009.
Here's hoping Christmas and the holiday season exceeds your expectations- and that you get what you need even if you don't get what you want this year.
Happy Holidays from all of us at swimupstream- and to the rest of the swim upstream team thanks for your gifts of your perspective and friendship this year. Merry Christmas!