Handling the Holidays

Robb714 By Robb714, 28th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/.lfndnj6/
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Some advice or thoughts to help us get through the next couple of grueling months that on one hand can be more stressful and trying than the other ten months combined and on the other hand the most exciting depending on how you approach them and your circumstances.

Disclaimer and some ground rules

First of all, I am not a licensed psychiatrist, so if you need the advice of one, refer to the yellow pages or WebMD. Secondly, there is a fellow in Tennessee that makes an awesome beverage; we’ll call him “Jack” and I will refer to his brown beverage as Tennessee Tea or “tea” for short. My thoughts that follow are based on part by personal experience and things I have read over the years and meant in a light hearted way, so don’t hold me hostage to reality as perceived by people in different circumstances. Any other thoughts or advice are welcomed for future endeavors to help survive the holiday seasons to come, for some.

Death always puts a damper on the festivities

While I myself have been very fortunate regarding this one, I have several friends that have pointed out dying during the holidays is just plain rude and puts a damper on the celebrations and often requiring them to need a glass or two of “tea” to cope with the loss. So if you have, a terminal illness, either go on in September or have the common decency to hold on till Groundhog Day. I heard of someone who’s relative passed away the week of Thanksgiving and they just left them in the morgue refrigerator like James Brown until spring. Aside from disease if you like to party, be a smarty and don’t over indulge and for Pete’s sake, don’t drive, operate dangerous equipment or firearms. Fire-pits can be hazardous too. To be honest there are numerous ways to meet an untimely death, especially when mixing some activities that are usually benign with substances with warning labels. So think of your loved ones before engaging in anything foolish or at least have “adult” supervision while doing so. February is a great month, let’s all strive to see it.

Some suggestions to follow regarding gatherings and parties

In the numerous office parties and family get-togethers that dot the fall holidays, some things to, keep in mind. Aside from and including the aforementioned making it alive until the other side, it is always wise to keep your reputation clean, otherwise next year, you might not get invited back. While some always do, it is never good to become the laughing stock and the butt of annual jokes like: remember when so-in-so blah, blah, blah and then fell, knocking over the (blank) or set something on fire. Some people save up all year just to show their aspirations between October and January. Whether it be from too much ‘tea” or other recreational substances including prescription ones belonging to someone else, try to keep a lid on it, this year.

Is it really better to give than to receive

Another holiday idea, that deserves pondering, over a glass of “tea” probably. Depending on the context of what “it” is I suppose would be the bar for that one. My best advice would be the adage of, “hope for nothing and anything received is gravy,” unless it is another glass of “tea” to be honest. In most cases, no matter how little you have, there are those that probably have much less, consider this in what you ask or wish for. Some subscribe to the philosophy that it’s the little things that matter the most. Defer to previous sections and revaluate this more seriously. I am thinking, if you approach the climax of the season with a kind heart, common sense and an open mind, you will come out on the other side relatively unscathed and a better, happier person heading into the New Year. Just keep in mind until someone invents a time machine, your actions over the next couple of months can not be undone and so what kind of memories and what people say about you after it is all over is in your hands. If you can’t trust yourself, there are support groups or online forums for support and advice out there. Find me on twitter and I will try and be there for you, that’s where I get my encouragement from and “tea,” of course. There are several ways of saying it but I will go with, “Money isn’t everything,” you’ll have to trust me on this one because I know more than 99.9% about it, just saying.

It is the end of the beginning

If you have had a crappy year so far, for a list of many reasons and are so not looking forward to the holidays, you can’t just hibernate and the alternative is not a good idea, keep this in mind, “If you take it one day at a time, it will be over before you know it.” Just hang there and seek out assistance if you need to. I have always liked this time of year because it always bring change, everything seems to change, it just part of nature. Whether you are winding down or winding up for next year, now is the perfect time for doing so, if you just look around. While it can always get worse, eventually it will get better if you simply make an effort. I am not going to say, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps” because I realize some people don’t have boots but you have to start some where. If you are reading this, chances are you have access to the world wide internet; it can be useful for many different things. So just don’t eat too much candy or anything else for that matter unless you have a good exercise routine. Don’t be a turkey, if you can help it. If you have any unrealized gifts you haven’t utilized or discovered yet, now is the perfect time to do so. If you do not believe it is the season of miracles keep in mind, my finishing this before next year is one in it’s self. Now if you’re like me, it is time for some well deserved “tea.”

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Behavior, Diet, Family, Holiday Tips, Southern Living, Stress

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I love cats and my dog. Making the world a better place for all humanity and animals, is my goal. My past is very blurry and my future is uncertain. People should know, I am a very dynamic and interesting type of person. I taught Batman self-defense....(more)

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Well, let me grab my tea and sit with ya for a few.:)
I hope since you just left a message on one of my pages, you are back to write some more, huh?
I sure hope so. I find this funny but hey, I am from Bama ya know. Some times we just have to laugh at ourselves, it is so freeing. I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I have to admit I sure was waiting for a new year this year. The hubby and I were talking (on N Y eve) about the hard year we just went through in 2011 and we both agree... This year is just a better one to lay to rest. The next day when I woke up, it was as if this dark cloud that was surrounding me, just lifted. Okay it might be the tea talking but, that is how I felt. I am ready for new beginnings and I just feel like this is the year that will happen. Okay, I need more tea. So my friend, this Alabama woman is going to the kitchen grab me some more tea and go out on the front porch and ponder all of this. LOL
As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar rajaryanme
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Very well written post.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
25th Feb 2012 (#)

I loved the humour in this fabulous post. Great work

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author avatar vpaulose
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Interesting post. Thank you dear Robb. Request your friendship.

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author avatar Robb714
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you. Friendship will be appreciated!

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author avatar Jules Castillo
11th Mar 2012 (#)

"it is always wise to keep your reputation clean, otherwise next year, you might not get invited back" (love this part)

did you mean you're from Tennessee? Nashville is a place I wanna visit someday

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author avatar Robb714
12th Mar 2012 (#)

I'm from all over the area, come on!

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author avatar Funom Makama
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

A fantastic share.... Nice work friend!

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author avatar Robb714
5th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Hey - when you gonna put up some new stuff?
I'm waiting with baited breath!!

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author avatar Robb714
5th Oct 2012 (#)

Autumn, is my writing season, soon and thanks for the encouragement!

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author avatar vpaulose
4th Oct 2012 (#)

Today is world animals day. I request to read my article on the day.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
12th Oct 2012 (#)

Great sharing of article. Thank you for sharing nice thoughts.

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Nov 2012 (#)

Thanks for this inspiring post, dear brother Robb. Visiting this just on the ANNIVERSARY of this article's publication.

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author avatar Robb714
2nd Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you brother vpaulose.

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author avatar akram saqib
12th Dec 2012 (#)

lovely article and especially the image

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Dec 2012 (#)

I had a heart attack in October and just returned to work a few days ago. The financial stress this year is something I am working hard to avoid but must think I am lucky to be alive.

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author avatar Robb714
13th Dec 2012 (#)

Very glad you are recovering from that, take care of yourself Mark.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Dec 2012 (#)

most valuable information Robb...thank you

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author avatar Retired
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the insight, success for your article

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Dec 2012 (#)

Came back to wish you and thank you.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jan 2013 (#)

This was an interesting piece. I agree that we should hope for nothing and then whatever we get will seem extraordinary.

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author avatar vpaulose
1st Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks dear brother for your concernand comments. I am in India(Kerala) undergoing treatment. I have poor computer access. I shall return to US by the end of April. Thank you.

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author avatar vpaulose
11th May 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Robb. I am back. Thanks for prayers and love.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
10th Jul 2013 (#)

Great read!! It is so true that death and missing our loved ones who passed on puts a real damper on the Holidays!! Also holidays can really be lonely when the kids are grown and doing their own thing! Plus, my only daughter just moved to Arizona!!

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author avatar Peachpurple
19th Aug 2015 (#)

Great article

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