Isn’t it amazing how one word can sum it all up? One word from an ancient Charles Dicken’s tale, to modern-day language has withstood the tests of time and managed to quite distinctly express a feeling! How did he get that word, anyway? Where’d it come from? HUMBUG. What a GREAT word. It can dismiss a thought, inclination or action in six simple letters that compose one delightful word to say: HUMBUG.
This time of year, if you’re just not feeling that “jolly holly day” spirit that seems to be ever so present, HUMBUG describes it perfectly. What I want to ask, though, is why aren’t you ‘feeling’ it? What is the BUG in your HUM that is robbing you of participating in this wondrous time of year?
WHO or WHAT are YOU making excuses for? Sure, there are so many – longer than Santa’s Naughty or Nice list- that you allow to snatch away the joy that should be filling your heart right now. They usually begin with “Flakey EX boyfriend/girlfriend” and end with “Rotten Job”. In between there are all kinds of excuses from money issues, to the weather outside is frightful and I find it much more delightful to just stay home and mope.
Yes, I understand that being alone this time of year makes it difficult to “have yourself a Merry little Christmas”, and if you don’t have a Jack Frost nipping at your nose, it’s even harder. (or you DO have a Jack Frost nipping away that you don’t want….) The point that I’m trying to tell you is that it doesn’t HAVE to be this way! You CAN do something about your lack of spirit.
No, nothing is going to appear magically and make it all better for you. But YOU have the ability to make it better for YOU by starting out not making it ABOUT you! Hunh? (you ask, and I know you’re asking this)… Because….the more you GIVE the more you RECEIVE. In other words (in case you didn’t understand those words) when you give of yourself, it replenishes your spiritual reservoirs, and adds happy, warm thoughts to your soul. Giving lightens up the burdens that you carry around. There is ALWAYS someone else that is in a worse position in life.
Go volunteer. Go grab some of those Christmas Angels off the Salvation Army tree, and shop for them. Go clean out your closet and donate clothing you haven’t worn that would just make another’s day fabulous. Go to your local food bank and donate those cans of food that you know you’re not going to use. Count your blessings! There are so many when you actually take the time to stop and count them! Pick a stranger and be a “Secret Santa” to him/her. Make a point of attending holiday parties. Cheerfulness is contagious. Feeling blue about your loneliness only gives you more loneliness.
Put the HUM back into your life, and exterminate the BUG.
MAKE it a Jolly, Jolly Holly Day!
Sending you humming angels,