Treasures Around Us

An interactive and impactful message to add to your own Mental Health journey or curriculum.

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Head Nods and Peace Signs

My pre pandemic summers were almost always greeted with my feet dangling from a tailgate; parked, safe, happy and carefree…watching head nods and peace signs. Let me set the record straight about us deadheads. Some escape. Some enhance. Some do both. Now, let me set another record straight. Differences in choices and lifestyles are not invitations to be a jerk.

Once upon a time, I tried out for show choir. It was not for personal growth. It was not to showcase a talent. I just wanted to be a part of something…and I sucked at sports. I still do. Once upon a time, I associated acceptance with adequacy. Once upon a time, I allowed someone else to decide if I could sing and dance with others.

Thank goodness, many treasures are uncovered with time. Maturity helps us choose what perceptions we decide to call truth. These truths become values we store in a personal vault that is unlocked when decisions are needed. I have made many.

Today, the person accepting is me. I accept my actions. I accept my words. I accept my imperfections. I accept that some of my traits are a condition…not a personality. That is because today, I dance on grass…not a stage and my auditions require nothing but a good mood. Dance with me, friends.

The Break Up

Hello, January. We need to talk.

But, before I begin, it’s important to know that the first pieces of these thoughts were formed years ago…when I wasn’t brave enough to confront you.

January, you disguise yourself as a new beginning but, you are nothing but a reason to procrastinate.

You are an enabler.

You want all of my changes for yourself so you throw obstacles at my goals all year.

By keeping my fear of failure at a distance, you’ve slowed my personal growth.

Now, I resent you.

January, I can no longer overthink your expectations.

And, I don’t need your bandwagon of resolution seekers to help me figure out where or who I need to be.

What if I don’t desire to be drastic?

What if I choose to just simply maintain?

January, my focus and motivation are greater than your need to control thanks to eleven other months.

From now on, a brand new start or simple change is going to happen when I want it to.

Good things come to those who wait.

Great things come to those who don’t.

It’s not you, it’s me.

 

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The Season

You don’t need a season to tell you to buy, bake, clean, worry and feel exhausted.

It’s what you do all the time.

It’s the pressure you put on yourself that makes you feel this way.

You know it, but you can’t stop.

You know you’re loved, but you still feel alone.

You sing “Joy to the World,” but you still want to cry.

Breathe.

Breathe and be easy on yourself.

Take advantage of the early decorators energy.

Admit that their lights have positively distracted you more than once.

Don’t feel guilty. You are wired differently, but still a very good person.

Leave the dust on the floor. You can create a beautiful environment in many other ways.

Serve the imperfect cookie and be proud that you tried.

Make a gift for someone and think about how much they mean to you the whole time.

Don’t make a wish list. It will lessen your appreciation for what you already have…which is enough.

Put your change in the red bucket and be grateful you can afford to.

Celebrate what YOU celebrate. Don’t be offended by differences. Learn from them.

Smile when it’s hard. Remember that you are not alone.

And remember as the sleigh bells ring and also when the robins sing

That you made it through another one…

Beacuse YOU are a treasure.