“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’’
Every time I watch the film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, a rollercoaster of emotions wash through me. It is the perfect Christmas movie, helping me reflect on my own life in the past year and consciously deciding what to do more of in the next year. If you have never seen it; this movie falls definitely in the category of self-care. And if you have seen it; you know what I am talking about, and you probably would like to watch it again!
Yes, once again it has been a tough year. The uncertainties and stress that comes with that. Practising mindfulness during this turmoil is not easy! Making plans, having something to look forward to, with the possibility of it all being wiped away around the corner. Having to put Plan B, C or D in action. Scrambling to actually make Plan B, C or D with the resilience and flexibility to enjoy life and the good moments.
So my Christmas gift to you is from the heart, regardless of faith or religion, the following poem a colleague gave to me some years ago:
If not for you…
If not for you there would be a place of emptiness in the heart of God
If not for you all the good that you have done would still need doing
If not for you the spark of your ideas would not have ignited a fire in others
If not for you the key role that you have played in life’s drama would remain unfilled
If not for you at least one person would not have awakened to his or her dreams
If not for you your triumphs could not be examples to inspire others
If not for you someone who needed love would not have received it
If not for you a life would have been shortened or never existed
If not for you the song of life would have missed a beat
If not for you your gifts would remain ungiven
If not for you another might have suffered in your place
If not for you someone would have no path to follow
If not for you there would be one less smile, one less laugh and one less hug
If not for you there would be less mystery
If not for you an animal might be homeless and a garden left unplanted
If not for you something would be missing
You have always made a difference
Who you are is important every day
You are the face, the heart and the soul of God
You make a difference and you are valuable
I do hope you will enjoy the festive season; (re)connect, recharge and rejoice!
“If Not For You,” by Bob Luckin, from his book, Diary of a Mindful Dog, published September 2020 by DeVorss & Company.
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Connect & Celebrate Awareness in December 2021
Let’s start this month with supporting Mission Christmas. Every year our local radio stations support our local disadvantaged children. You can buy them a present and drop it off at a local drop off point. You (your company) could be a drop off point or request a Mission Christmas Fundraising Pack and organise everyone into secret Santa’s.
For the 10th year running, on Friday the 10th December it is Christmas Jumper Day! Get your registration form to get your downloadable fundraising pack. Put your Christmas Jumper on, hassle everyone out of £2 (you might want to warn them that you will be coming around for cash or set up your very own Just Giving Page for card payments) and share the magic!
Another time to connect and celebrate this month is your own Office Christmas Party! There is still time to organise one; either in person, online or the hybrid party!
We hope you will have some fun and connect in December! Feel free to email us with your stories and photographs – and you might be featured in our next newsletter or blog!
This month we would like to point you towards a blog that caught our attention: Neurodiversity and Executive Functioning by Professor Amanda Kirby.
Even if this is not an issue for you – it is interesting to find out how this might affect others (and maybe secretly yourself a bit too).
“What did you do this morning?
- Thought about what to make for your evening meal?
- Packed your bag for work?
- Wrote a shopping list for your weekend shop?
- Got out clothes ready for the gym this evening?
- Remembered the dog must go to the vet tomorrow and he needs to not be fed this evening?
- Thought about what to wear in case it rains later?
- Planned what time to leave the house to catch the train?
- Got annoyed as you are waiting in a queue?
All these things need planning. We need to decide what’s important/urgent/or can wait till later. We need to decide what not to do as well as what we need to really do straight away…”
Keep reading: Neurodiversity and Executive Functioning.
This month we would like to share something different, no particular meditation, but a webstream we came accross from our favourite Dr Chloe. Dr Chloe Carmichael is a clinical psychologist, working in New York and she has recently published the book (see pic with link) ‘Nervous Energy – Harness the Power of Your Anxiety’. Effectively how to make your anxiety work for you instead of against you – We would definitely recommend this book, although what we are sharing here today is something separate from the book.
We watched the webstream live ‘How to have stress-free family holidays’ – aimed mainly at those upcoming family gatherings during the festive period. Although you can use these tips throughout the year and if needed even at work-do’s!
Following Dr. Chloe’s suggestions, you will be better prepared and have created some headspace before you visit your family.
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Have a great month & see you next year!