All I want for Christmas...
"I just want all my kids to be happy. To wake up feeling excited about the day. To call home and just be so excited about where they've been and what they're doing. That's all I want."
This is what my Mom said to me this week. When she said it, I teared up with gratitude. How beautiful and selfless it was. It got me right in the heart.
As I thought about it more, I realized that I too, want that for my family. I don't have kids but I have my husband, my Mom and Dad, my sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephew. I want happiness for them. Contentment. Joy. Peace.
And then I realized that I want that for my 'extended family' too - my close friends, my coworkers.
And then I realized that I want that for EVERYONE in this whole wide world. (And that's where the idea for this blog post came from.)
I want happiness for YOU. I want contentment, joy and peace for you. And because you're reading this and you follow our 'quest for goodness,' I know that you, too, want happiness for your family, friends and the rest of the world.
And that's the beauty of it. The simple act of stopping and acknowledging that you want happiness for others is profound. It makes your body relax. There's a sense of contentment in just thinking about happiness for others. You may keep this wish to yourself and sit in that peace. Or, you may tell someone: 'I want happiness for you. I will support you.' Either way, it's beautiful, it's simple, and it's one of the best gifts you can give yourself and others.
I want to wish you a very happy holiday season. I hope you are able to feel a sense of happiness, even if sh*t is hitting the fan with a meal (people who have all the food done at the same time are amazing), or there's drama with your crazy uncle Doug. I wish you the very, very, very best for the rest of 2016. Can you feel it? Sending you so many squishy hugs.
Hugs and eggnog,