Human Being or Human Doing?

It’s here…

The holiday season has quickly come around. It’s the season of way too much stress, spending that can easily get out of control, and maybe a few too many holiday cocktails.  🙂

But it’s also filled with lots of delicious food, beautiful decorations, and reconnecting and making memories with family and friends.    

Going into the holidays, I always have this grand plan to finish all my shopping by Thanksgiving. I’ve yet to see that happen. It’s easy to get derailed by life swirling all around me.

I may not be able to slow down time, but I can choose how I relate to it.

Think about this…

We are called human beings not human doings. I’m not sure about you, but I do a heck of a lot more “doing” than “being” around the holidays.    

Definitely something to think about!

So regardless of how you celebrate the holidays, I think you will agree that you would like to feel a little more ease as you go through your days. Am I right?

Keeping in mind there are many things out of your control (it feels that way to many during the holidays), you can choose how you want to feel.

Do you want to feel frantic and short tempered with everyone you encounter? Or would you rather choose to feel more relaxed?

I know you’re probably thinking that I have no idea how “crazy busy” your life is during this time (or anytime really).

And you’re right, I don’t.

But what if you could take a break or two during the day? It could be just a couple of minutes where you unplug from all devices, focus on your breathing, and what’s right in your world.  

When you’re constantly focusing on how busy you are, you’re only going to feel more and more busy as the stress level rises and rises.

What you focus on grows.  

When you focus on a desired feeling (let’s say being more playful), you’ll discover you look for ways to add more playfulness into your life.

Okay, maybe this is what I want!

Maybe you want more simplicity in your life? This need for simplicity can be really evident around the holidays.

Society  says that giving gifts (and lots of them) is the best way to celebrate the holidays. Retailers play a huge role in this expectation. While gift giving can be fun, spending time and money on experiences rather than gifts can be so much more meaningful for everyone involved (and a lot less stressful).

There’s no one right way to get through the holidays without going a little crazy in the process.

It’s about choosing how you want to feel, and bringing that feeling into your day through the choices you make.

What can you do this holiday season to make it more enjoyable? Go ahead and share in the comments so that others can be inspired.

As always, should you have any questions or want to connect, you can reach me at

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