By Dave Parrish
Here we are the week of Christmas, like me you may be nowhere near what you deem ready for a day full of anticipation and expectation. As that clock ticks frantically down, I invite you take a moment away from the rush — a moment to reflect — a moment to center your thoughts. A moment to make Christmas happen within you first.
Here’s a how to do that idea: Not complicated, but one I’ve found that seems to work, at least for me. Take a word; not just any word but one that reflects on a value of consequence — an ideal — a goal. The two words that have worked best for me in the past: Peace or Love.
Now I ask you to give to yourself the gift of five-to-ten minutes. Does that seem impossible? I hope not. If so, remember you have that drive to work, or maybe during the day while performing mind-numbing tasks.
Hopefully, you have a quiet place to which you can escape: a park, a library, your kitchen table, your car. That’s right a quiet place. No TV, no background music and your cell phone on mute. Now take that chosen word and say it to yourself quietly — silently works as well. Let your word roll around in your head. You may even feel it doing so in the middle of the forehead, as you bring to mind the images of that word — your connectedness to that word — your disconnectedness from that word. No judgment allowed. As that word starts to fade from you awareness, repeat the word — the process.
When you find your thoughts straying to your to do list, or to things stop and repeat your work. When your thoughts bring someone to mind, send your word to that person. When your time is up, I hope you have a smile on your face and a lighter heart.
Repeat this process from time-to-time during this week before Christmas. Maybe daily, maybe even after the holidays. I’ve found it works most anytime.
So what does this have to do with real estate? Absolutely nothing, but then maybe it might help make your house feel like home. Maybe it will help you feel more connected to Christmas. Maybe it will make your Christmas feel real.
I hope your Christmas is real. Peace to you.