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Real and Imagined Deadlines and How to Keep Them in Check

It happens every year. I plan ahead. Order gifts in October. Start wrapping in November. Then somehow I let my guard down and, like a tsunami, the holidays arrive and there is still and hundred things to do.

When I was in the height of my panic mode yesterday, I had to give myself a stern talking to. What were the real deadlines I needed to meet and what where the ones that would be great to do, but the world wouldn't fall apart if I didn't get to them until after Christmas? I quickly admitted that three out of the five things I was worried about could wait until next week. By allowing the perfectionist inside me (that wants everything tied up in a nice bow) to rule my thoughts, I was dampening my holiday with these self-imposed deadlines.

The best gift we can give ourselves for the holidays is inner peace. Understanding what we absolutely must get done vs. what we would like to get done helps. Making lists and keeping priorities straight will not only give us peace of mind, it will help make our days more enjoyable. Admitting while we would like everything to be just so for the holidays, what really matters are the memories, which regardless of the little imperfections in life - always come out picture perfect.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday filled with peace, good health and beautiful memories.

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