On a day that was supposed to be relaxing and mellow, my partner announced that the time had come for us to clean out the garage. Seeing the appearance of horror on my face, he quickly rephrased his statement. Acknowledging just how much I do during the week, he suggested that I sit and do nothing while he attended to the chore.
Not doing anything is not really something I know how you can do, nevertheless it sounded a lot more appealing than cleaning the garage. To avoid feeling guilty, I went upstairs and made an effort to do nothing
A couple of hours later, my partner arrived in to our own bedroom having a smile on his face and a stack of papers in his hand. “Letters to Santa,” he announced. He dropped them on the bed and headed back for the garage.
When I began reading the letter our kids wrote many years ago, I couldn’t help but smile at how silly and gullible these people were then and how evolved and mature they may have become. Then I had an understanding — why not get everyone to create a letter to Santa this year? It might be fun and interesting to view how their wish lists changed as they have become up.
At dinner, I announced my idea and was pleasantly surprised when my “gang” didn’t feel that I had lost a marble or two. Afterwards, everyone disappeared to their rooms to compose their letters. Surprisingly, it took them considerably longer this time around.
As I read their “grown up” letters, it quickly became evident their priorities have changed however values haven’t. I found that toys were substituted for “boys” or “girls.” Getting good grades was replaced with obtaining a good solid degree. Health and happiness was a priority for those, and peace on earth was a significant concern. It warmed my heart to view that my hubby and that i did something right, we raised kids with good values and gold hearts.
My husband and that i had similar requests of Santa. But I, obviously, had much more. First in my list was immunity from acquiring anymore pounds as I get older (enough is sufficient!). I want that awesome body I never had, the legs that turn heads, and the flawless skin without wrinkles. I want my 20/20 vision to stick around just a bit longer and menopause to pass me by unnoticed. I would like to be constantly, obliviously happy. And did I mention I would like to be skinny?
They were fun things to request, but should you read my entire list you would see that the truly important items came towards the end. I want our world to become at peace. I requested our family to be happy and healthy. I requested ckogtd parents and grandparents to be around us for many years in the future. I asked to be able to enjoy my children as well as their children, and i also desired to continue being in love with my hubby just as much as the day I married him.
Following this fun exercise, we all sat down to discuss what we wanted and how we will obtain it. No matter what we asked for, we all agreed on one thing — whether you think in Santa or otherwise is irrelevant. The key is always to have faith in yourself, then write down your list and go after it. When you have confidence in yourself, the sky is definitely the limit!