Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Season Unwrapped

by Kris Pitcher

Happy Hanukkah, and Merry Christmas to all those around the world who celebrate those holidays this time of year. And a Happy Non-denominational Winter Season to those who celebrate in other ways! Regardless, it's a season full of tradition and reflection.

It's a good time to reflect on the year behind us, and to look forward to the season ahead. You know me, I'm not big on resolutions. But I am big on getting your head straight about what is important to you.

As you spend time today with family and friends, loved ones, get straight on what it is you value. What is important to you in this coming year? What will mark success? What will you work toward? And in the end, how will you measure it?

Will you measure it by the biggest pile of wrapping paper and ribbons? Will it be measured by who got the biggest, most expensive gift? Or by the most decadent meal? Will it be measured by how you spent an extravagant amount on surprising someone special? Will it be having all the latest electronics?

Maybe it will be some of those things. Part of feeling success is providing such that those in our lives don't "want" for things. But maybe success will be in health, in happiness, in moving your goals forward. Maybe it will be in traditions unspoken, whispers of who you are as a family, or as friends.

Maybe reflection will bring pride in accomplishments, or hunger for more. This is a good time to slow down and think about your success to goals in the year past, and how you'll meet your own expectations this year to come. What do you want for yourself? What will build on the year behind us?

Once you clear the piles, and piles, of wrapping paper from the living room floor, take note of your own season unwrapped. As you enjoy the festivities, whatever they may be, take joy in those quiet moments to wrap your head around what you want for the upcoming season.

'Tis the season, to make it all yours. Happy Holidays from Fitness Bliss!

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