I have a fairly conventional Christmas week scheduled out over the next four days. All signs point for it to be filled with the usual blend of good times (worth remembering) and frustrating times (worth forgetting) that most holidays seem to have.
It’s good to see people you love; it’s not good to feel trapped in or forced to do something no one really enjoys. Show me the real love and spare me anything passive-aggressive, I say.
It’s good to give gifts; it’s not good to feel a huge sense of pressure over picking out the “right” presents. Despite the decaying worldwide economy, fully 100% of the people in my giving circle don’t lack for much of anything in the way of necessities. We all continue to eat three full meals every day while buying iTunes gift cards for each other at Best Buy.
From my conversations with a wide range of people, it seems that attempting to enjoy the holidays without feeling like a sucker is a fairly common problem. Perhaps next year we’ll cover this in more detail – for now, I’m otherwise occupied with writing this note outside the shopping center, stealing wifi from a nearby hotel so I can post it to you.
I’d love to tell you that I “just don’t have much time” with all of the running around, last minute shopping, and so on – but you’re too smart for that. You’d recognize the heart of the matter: I did not manage to avoid the chaos that surrounds us during a time which should be fun.
Don’t worry; it’s not a prediction of things to come, I promise. I finished up the Annual Review week on a high note and am excited about the future.
I’m also getting ready to publish a new series of posts that are focused entirely on helping everyone who takes the time to read each week. Stay tuned.
How about you — how is your holiday week going?