Sometimes, it isn't easy to see the positive in much of anything... especially during the holidays. Guilt, anger, regret, fear, anxiety and exhaustion of a weary soul [to name a few] can often be wrapped in everything around you. And, while you are busy keeping everything wrapped up and put together the best you can, you watch others around you celebrate the "it's a wonderful life" version of Christmas.
Well, sometimes it isn't a wonderful life. Everyone has their secrets and struggles, some are just bigger than others. It is OK to know your Christmas looks different. But, also realize that the abuse that happened is in Christmas' past.
So, how do you look at the present? There is a gift that you can allow yourself this year. It will not cost you anything but a little determination, bravery and knowing you are worth every bit of joy you are seeking. Find something that you admire in someone else or something that you find yourself wanting to be or wish that you were.
Begin to celebrate that very thing in yourself and soon, if it isn't that very thing you celebrated that you recognize in yourself, the journey of seeking it will strengthen your weary soul and replace sorrow with celebration.
"my soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word"
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