Christmas is hard for some!

Christmas, for many of us, it’s an emotionally charged time. It brings a great deal of stress, anxiety and sorrow.
Not only is there pressure to enjoy a merry Christmas, but there’s also the reflection that comes with the close of the year — the remembrance of the hope and expectation it began with. We feel contemplative and more sensitive.
All this is amplified by the sadness of being alone.

Of course, we are all drawn to the perfect image – the snow lightly falling, hot chocolate by the fire, and everything as it should be.

FOR SOME OF US – CHRISTMAS IS HARD. REALLY HARD.

Christmas is meant to unite, but often the reunion isn’t like the movies.

All that is well and good, but experiencing loss at this time of year has a way of jolting us out of anything that resembles perfection. Life feels raw.

BUT I BELIEVE THAT EVEN IN THE RAWNESS, WE CAN EXPERIENCE THE RICHNESS. A RICH LIFE IS A LIFE THAT HONOURS WHAT IS TRUE, EVEN IF IT’S HARD. A RICH LIFE IS ONE THAT HOLDS THE TENSION OF SADNESS & JOY AT THE SAME TIME.

For those of us living a messy, raw life this Christmas, we are not exempt from living life richly. We have important gifts to give and receive this season, and perhaps the most important one is to live truthfully and authentically, even when it hurts.

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