Keeping Up the Shine After the Tinsel is Gone

Well, my birthday has come and gone.  The Winter Solstice has been noted with lights, gifts, food, and festivities.  Now I have to get about the business of putting away the trimmings, decorations, and all remnants of the Christmas Holiday Season.

Many people say there is a let down after the Winter Festivities.  Some like to make resolutions to face the cold, dark days of winter with a spirit of renewal and a charge to "become better.”  Here is my advice.  Wrap up the holidays, check the calendar for the next significant holiday for you!  For me, it is Valentine's Day.

You see Valentine's Day is not for couples only.  It also is for those of us who understand the concept of self-love.  One must learn the art of self-love, of taking care of yourself, so you can take care of others.  Now, this is a concept that I personally struggle with every year. I fail miserably at it, but I do think about it.

Some of you may want to look at the calendar and see which holidays you may have off (King's Birthday or President's Day). Some of you might want to cure your holiday withdraws with a trip to New Orleans or Rio for Mardi Gras.  Hey, don't knock it if you haven't tried it.

If any of the suggestions from above don't seem to help, you can always mark your calendar for that wonderful day in March when Daylight Savings Begins (March 11).  The days will seem longer even though you still are cold.

Well, anyway, wrapping up the holidays and putting the items that mark memories, traditions, and happy times does not mean all ends.  Take some time to think about how you can keep those happy memories burning and the laughter continuing in your day-to-day life.


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