• 13 DEC 17
    A Holiday of Intention

    A Holiday of Intention

    As Christmas draws closer, let’s not let the actions or the things that were said during Thanksgiving keep you away from your family. Family means so much and you should always put them first. Remember, friends will come and go, but you will always have parents, sister(s), brother(s), and/or cousins around you.

    I grew up with a large, close-knit family and have amazing memories that I cherish. I wish we were as close as we were when I was young, but we grow up and get so busy with our own lives. However, my family and I still make time to visit and have holiday get-togethers, even if it’s not the same as childhood. Now it’s optional if you want to attend, when before it was mandatory. Still, there’s never a dull moment. My grandfather used to keep us in line when we misbehaved and he made sure that we remained a tight knit family. He use to always tell us, “Blood is thicker than water and no one can ever replace your family.” He was right: No one can ever replace your family.

    Hurtful words, however, can push family members away. Our words are so powerful. They can heal but they can also cause so much damage. The saying “Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie. Words can wound someone’s heart in a way that’s difficult to ever take back. So, this Christmas season as you visit your family, please be mindful of what you say. Be careful not to ask questions that might pour salt into a wound that you don’t know even exists. We all know that kinds of questions we dread hearing at family events, so instead of asking a family member who’s still single why they aren’t married yet, or a childless family member when are they going to have a baby, ask about what’s new in their lives. Open up a conversation about the exciting adventures they’ve had in the past year and be there with a compassionate ear if they want to talk about the hard times they’ve had as well.

    Let this holiday season be a time of intentional listening and sharing with your loved ones. Put away your phone, your iPads, iPods, and turn off the television. You’ll be surprised at just how much you learn about each other without any distractions. Live in the moment, making new memories that you can cherish a year from now.

    This will be the first year that I won’t be hosting a family Christmas and I will practice what I’m preaching. I want nothing more than to have my Dad enjoy his time with all his children and grandchildren without a slippery tongue getting in the way and pushing the people I love away.

    Wishing you and your family a happy holiday and a happy New Year. May all your wishes and desires for the New Year come true!

    (by: Mayra Alonzo)

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