For the Holidays: Love the Ones You’re With

I love this message – if you can’t be with the ones you love, love the ones you’re with. Some people are in our lives short term and others long term; either way, there is a reason why. Wishing all of you a loving holiday with whomever you’re with … And that includes loving yourself.

A Walk on the Wild Side

Christmas wikipedia-commons-718px-viggo_johansen_a_christmas_story A Christmas Story by Viggo Johansen – Wikipedia Commons

Holidays can be hard. Sometimes painful. We have so many pictures in our minds of how perfect it can be, should be:

Large, laughing families gathered around the table on Thanksgiving Day.

Starry-eyed children opening Christmas presents at Grandmas house.

Yet too often, it’s not like that at all. Too often, for so many reasons, we can’t be with the ones we love. Divorce, addiction, death, and other demands and obligations keep them from us. When it happens too often, when our happy expectations are thwarted again and again, we begin to dread holidays.

When I begin to feel this way, I try to remember the old maxim: “If you can’t be with the ones you love, love the ones you’re with.”

It doesn’t mean we stop missing our missing loved ones. But we don’t let missing them keep us from loving and enjoying…

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