Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in life. Christmas is a perfect example of this; it often seems that this time of year is all about what’s on the market, who can buy the best presents or rather who can buy the most presents. It’s easyto forget what it is really about – it doesn't matter if you are or are not religious, Christmas is a time to appreciate everything and everyone we have. It’s that one day of the year where we are given the opportunity to appreciate those around us, whether that is by making a delicious meal, writing a heartfelt letter or by purchasing that necklace your loved one has had their eye on all year. Don’t focus on quantity focus on quality. Take that energy and stress you may have towards finding the most ‘flash’ items going and focus it on showing your families and friends how much you care about them, listen to them and respect them. At the end of the day we won’t remember every single present we received – we will however remember the moments that make up the reasons why we care about our loved ones, those acts of kindness and love that make us take that step back and realise how lucky we actually are!
In life we meet a lot of people, some of whom will become your friends, others who will not. We will always be faced with the challenge of people who do there best to ware us down, to perhaps wind us up so to speak, others who may criticise every fault we make. These types of interactions make us lose sight of all the good in our lives, the good people and the good times. Those that wear us down can dominate our lives for long periods of times, making us feel unhappy or inadequate. However we must always remember that the opinion from those who wish to bring you down is invalid - it is the opinion of those who reinforce your brilliance, beauty and wonder that matters. Surround yourself with the love, joy and kindness that you deserve and brush off the negativity. At the end of the day we tend to meet 2 types of people in life, those who want the best from us, and those who perhaps don't. Draw strength from those who lift you up and drain the negativity from those who don't and turn it around to make yourself stronger. When all is said and done we will thank both those who lifted you and those who didn't, because your success will outshine the negativity they pursued!
We have all heard the saying that nothing lasts forever, which is true - nothing does. However instead of focusing on something that one day we may no longer have, we should be focused on what we do have whilst we have it! Whether it is your family, your friends, lifestyle, job or even a dream once it's/they're no longer there you realise how special or fantastic it was whilst you had it. So do not live with regrets; do what makes you happy; spend time with people who lift you up and treat others in way that you would want to be treated. Life is too precious to be anything but yourself and too short not to enjoy the things that make you shine!