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The Festival of Lights

Tonight is Hanukkah and for those who celebrate, it is a beautiful time of family, food and traditions! Candles are lit, prayers are sung, latkes and donuts are made, then devoured, and history is recalled and honored.

“The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light - in a little cruse - lasted as long as they say; but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day: let that nourish my flickering spirit.”
-Charles Reznikoff

As we touched on last week, the holidays are beautiful and looked forward to by many, for others, well the desire to skip over them entirely would be the true gift. This year allows you the ability to do things your way with the most true and honest “out” of your life, saying no to travel and another hellacious holiday with family can be blamed on COVID and both your Mental and Physical health, as well as the CDC, will thank you.

"It struck him that how you spent Christmas was a message to the world about where you were in life, some indication of how deep a hole you had managed to burrow for yourself." -Nick Hornby

This is truly the year to burrow at home, to enjoy the family or chosen family you have isolated with this year. This is the year where you finally learn to say no to the things you despise and yes to the things you wish to conquer. This month is preparation for your 2021 goals and resolutions. This is the year where instead of buying people you don’t even like a present, you start a fund for therapy or online yoga! You do more for yourself and less for all the others you have convinced yourself you are obliged to make happy, in turn, you find happiness!

“We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.” -Barbara de Angelis

The important thing to remember is that life is really too short to be unhappy, especially when your unhappiness stems from another person or your own family. Holidays are meant to be happy, so this Hanukkah and Christmas, find ways to be blissful! Look up recipes that bring you joy and do your very best to recreate them, gourmet chefs you might not be, but just remember to have fun! Delve into the history of your holiday, learn the Hanukkah prayers, light the menorah, learn the classic Christmas Songs, make new ornaments, find your inner Martha Stewart!

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” –Judy Garland

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of love, support, therapy, exercise, care, good food and the ability to say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no. Cut or make plans to cut those who are toxic out of your life. Choose a better tomorrow, find yourself, find your voice, be the very best version of you that is possible!

“To be nobody but myself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else-means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings

To all who celebrate, Happy Hanukkah, may your 8 days of light be a reminder that you can alternate between being the Shamash and the Hanukkah Candles. Sometime we need to be the light and other times we must ask for others to help us find our light.

All the best-
Team SG



Lookn4raysofSunshine's picture
Dec 15, 2020

Happy Holidays!

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