For many years I dreaded the winter holidays almost as much as I anticipated them. As the owner of a retail business, preparations for this time of year began, literally, in spring or early summer.
I needed to be sure my store was stocked with just the right unique and distinctive gifts that would appeal to my customers that particular year. I needed to hire the right people to fortify the regular staff in serving these people that supported us.
We had fun of course. We decorated each year during Thanksgiving week, turning the store into a “Winter Wonderland.”
We held a ‘Holiday Extravaganza’ Open House in early December and we all baked our favorite holiday treats, made herbal dips and crackers, brewed up spicy teas and ciders for everyone’s tasting delight.
And, on the home front there was crafting, cookie-baking, shopping, attending school pageants, and more decorating.
Often by the time we reached Christmas Eve (which was almost always the very busiest day of the year in my store – amazing how many last minute gift shoppers there are out there!), I was completely, utterly exhausted.
I know that the holidays can be stressful for many.
It’s easy to feel like we just aren’t measuring up to all the expectations put out by our culture. Some of us find ourselves examining regrets from the past during this time that is traditionally spent with family members.
One year at Moonrise Herbs we made beautiful little signs with inspirational quotes and sayings. We posted them around the store, on the edges of shelves, to help our busy, shopping customers to take a breath and relax, even if just for a moment.
My favorite inspirational saying – I don’t even know where it came from or who to attribute it to – was this one:
You Have Enough. You Do Enough. You Are Enough.
So that is my message to you today and every day.
You are absolutely perfect, beautiful and whole just the way you are.