No, I did not get my dates mixed up. I know that we headed toward spring and away from winter in just a few weeks. But, I think Christmas movies are important, no matter what time of the year. The reason being that they are filled with hope, with joy and wonder. They remind us of what’s important and what’s real. I know Santa isn’t real, but the sense of excitement, of specialness, of possibility is very real. That’s always there but we forget. Those movies remind us.
We get so lost in “doing.” I heard, yet another program on NPR on burnout. It dealt with the fact that during the week we are so busy that we don’t get a chance to take care of things around the house. So, the weekend, which we badly need is used up, not in playing or resting, but in doing all the things we didn’t do during the week. So, now we have weekend burnout in addition to “job” burnout. By the way, working for yourself does not solve this. In fact, when you have your own business it means that you can work in the middle of the night or in the pre-dawn hours too.
When I am really stressed, I go find an old Christmas movie to watch. My current favorite is, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year” starring Henry Winkler, who always makes things feel cozy. It reminds me also that everything will be okay, no matter what the current situation. It restores balance and equilibrium to my world. I highly recommend it. When your world feels rocky and you feel lost, reach for a Christmas movie. In fact, you can develop your own list of Christmas movies to watch when you need a boost. Something ready to pop into your DVD player or find on Youtube to lift your spirits, give you hope, restore your faith in humanity and help you remember that it will all be okay. After which, you can go back to the same old situation with a more hopeful perspective. Sort of a mental health break. There is something very special about Christmas for many reasons and these wonderful movies allow us to go into that specialness for a while and remember.
Merry Christmas and happy almost spring,
Dianne J. Shaver, M.A. Business Coach for Entrepreneurs with Heart