Now more than ever, it is important to let our individual selves shine brightly. We are coming into the shortest days of the year, accelerated busy-ness with the holidays and year-end work, and we are living in tumultuous times throughout the world.
The antidote to darkness is light, and each and everyone one of us contains our own unique brand of light, whether it is a kind word, a gentle touch, thoughtful guidance respectfully given, sharing of yourself fully and honestly, compassion, empathy, and the capacity to listen. This month, as you go about your busy life, remember that a single word or gesture can change a life; that harsh words turned into constructive criticism can create a change; that taking time to breathe, to pause and reflect, can shift a bad day to a good day; and that small actions lead to big change, whether it is your relationships, job, or within yourself.
Slow yourself down and embody the moment… embody yourself! Listen to the inner dialogue… I am hungry, I am tired, I am angry, I am happy, and feel the feelings. Nourish yourself and those you love, whether it is in the foods you prepare or the extra time you take to make something special.
This December, make a commitment to be the light… be the change you want to see in yourself and in the world. Commit to one random act of kindness every day… a special lunch made for your children, your spouse, yourself!, hold a door, smile at a stranger, be kind to a colleague, be nice to the check out person at the grocery store or the bank teller. In doing so, you are building your moral muscle and strengthening your capacity to go beyond your daily life circumstances. And you are bringing a little bit of joy and appreciation into someone else’s life.
Shine on and shine brightly, and may you and those you love enjoy the richness of the holiday season and time together.
Season’s greetings from all of us at D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition.