As you sit in a room full of people and watch family and friends grow weary of indulging, your mind is enticed into memories by the smell of the food and the sound of the laughter...or maybe even the cry of a babe. You begin to muddle through your mind's memoir of gatherings that were fun and wholesome...and others that weren't so fun. Suddenly, you feel an onslaught of emotion...and you exit the room momentarily to collect yourself. You think to yourself..."maybe I shouldn't have come", "maybe I should have stayed home", "I wasn't ready for all this", or "where is all this coming from?". As weird as you may feel, you rejoin the festivities.
Despite the feelings of relief, happiness, sadness, pity, embarrassment, or anger you may feel about the past...there is always another chance. You see that chance in the eyes of the children playing. You hear that chance in the laughter that rings through the house. You feel that chance in each hug you receive as family and friends come and go. All you have to do is take it.
This or any holiday may be reminiscent of past pain, embarrassment, anger, or happiness and joy. No matter the memory...create a new one. Whether or not the past has been as full of love as you'd prefer or not...fashion a new custom. Establish a new tradition...a legacy of your own. From this day forward design a mental chronicle of peace-filled moments for your children, grandchildren, other family, and friends to cherish.
It's beautiful to be you...simply beautiful.