The holidays can be some of the most difficult times of the year. Everyone is supposed to be happy, joyful and blessed, and if you believe Facebook posts, everyone is all of those things and more. I often write about my life in these articles because it is real and authentic. This Christmas was hard for me. I wasn’t feeling it and probably was more on the depressed side of the spectrum. I have always loved Christmas, but this year just felt different. This was the first year that Shaila didn’t stay at our house for Christmas, and I really missed my mom, who passed away 14 years ago, as I am sure she would have given great advice to me on this milestone in life. She was always able to go with the flow, and I try my best to parent like she did. Although my holiday didn’t go as planned, I am truly grateful for the blessings in my life.
I believe this holiday was difficult for a lot of people. We definitely had a white Christmas, but not in the way we had hoped, which put a damper on many Christmas plans. I know that we had staff who made the extraordinary effort to be here for our patients and provide exceptional care regardless of the weather or the holiday season. For that, I am incredibly grateful. My challenge for you this week, as we look at a fresh slate for 2023, is to feel the emotions and be your authentic self, but don’t allow yourself to dwell too long in that place. There is so much to be thankful for in our daily lives. May 2023 be an amazing, blessed year for each of you.