The holiday season can bring stress over competing interests and indecision.
One of the most valuable tools I have learned is to frequently ask myself, “What am I committed to?”
My example: I am committed to being happy and to giving myself the time and space that I need to be happy. I am also committed to being an active member of my family.
These two commitments may look to be competing sometimes, especially around the holidays, and they needn’t be.
I can only be responsible for my own happiness. And you can only be responsible for yours.
When we think that we can make others happy and so we assume that responsibility, we create a stressful experience.
Reminding myself of my commitments ensures that I show up for my family, while giving myself the time and space to be happy.
Because we all function best from a place of happiness.