During the holidays, I generally eat too much. I generally “allow” myself to stop and buy foods or stuff that I don’t normally buy. I generally turn up the heat more than I need to and sometimes I drive that mile to the store instead of walking.
It’s easier to “make exceptions” when it’s cold and you’re busy and you’re stressed out trying to get things done.
But do you ever NOT regret it later? After the holidays, do you ever NOT regret eating too much and gaining those few extra pounds, or feeling awful from having too many unusual foods in your body, or having blemished skin from too much of something or another? After the holidays, do you ever NOT regret just a little bit spending all that money, and now having a big credit card debt to pay off as you enter the new year? And do you ever NOT have a twinge of guilt after driving or turning up the heat?
Extreme cold and grey and wet gets us a little down at times, and makes us want to hibernate. I challenge you to fight that need to hide from the elements, the seasons, the real life outside! I challenge you to embrace the change in temperature, as it pushes our citrus trees to produce luscious fruits, our plums and peaches to sufficiently overwinter, our carrots and greens to sweeten in the cold earth.
And I challenge you to resist the urge to give up for a moment on your values as you pass by something that you really want to buy. Just ask yourself if it’s really perfect, given the environmental, social, and economic impact on you, your family, and the world. Is it? Or should you find an alternative that works better for every stakeholder in that transaction?
Make your holiday season guilt-free, happy, and healthy for you, your family and friends, and the world around you. You deserve it. And we all deserve it.
If you’re looking for some challenges to keep you on top of your values this season, here are a few:
It’s not nearly as hard as you think, once you get started. Try it out!
If you’re going to give gifts this year, instead of buying brand new things:
- Give used or antique;
- Make, bake, or grow a gift; or
- Give non-material gifts
If you can’t do it for a whole month, at least try it for a day! Crowded malls, buying frenzy – are you sure you want to go out there? Stay home and make something or nurture yourself instead.
Challenge yourself to keep the thermostat low this winter.
I encourage you to take on at least one or two of these challenges. We are taking on all 5!
Will You Do It?
Come on, give it a shot! And please feel free to recommend other good challenges out there as well!