We made it! Well almost. One more month left in 2020. If you’re still breathing, you did well.
Usually December comes and I am ready to crawl into my wintry hibernation mode. I was tempted to do that this year too, except I realized with that hibernation also comes isolation. I’ve had enough of that lately.
What I need instead is a reason to celebrate.
This time of year it’s easy for the anxieties in the form of guilt and doubt to creep in.
“I should’ve done more.”
“I’m not far enough along.”
“Did anything I do this year even matter?”
If so, then let’s turn this old story on its head and find a reason to celebrate.
Did you ever have an advent calendar as a kid? Whether it was Christmas story snippets, chocolates, or tiny toys, the fun of not knowing what today’s gift will be never gets old.
So for 24 days in December, let’s play a game.
An advent treasure hunt of sorts to look back on this year and find 24 reasons to celebrate your body, your self, or your life.
Don’t worry you don’t have do this on your own. I’ve got a map for you.
24 prompts for you to ‘fill in the blank’. As in, “The track with the most plays for 2020 is….”. (I don’t know the track, but this playlist has been on repeat for a while in my house.)
- I’ll share the day’s prompt on Instagram and Facebook from Dec 1 – 24.
- On Tuesday’s Dec 1, 8, 15 and 22 you’ll get the week’s worth of prompts in your inbox (sign up here) so you have them in advance and don’t have to be on social media.
- You can use the prompts to journal or meditate on.
- Or maybe you want to get a little more creative and make a photo, or actual, collage. Or something else to nourish that more creative and soulful side of you.
- If you want to ‘keep score’, make a note of how you feel after finding that day’s gift. What’s the status of your body and your heart?
Follow along, invite your friends to play, and let’s finish out this year with a little less fear and a little more love in our hearts.
A little side note before we get started….
The number one thing I learned from Rachael Maddox’s ReBloom trauma training I’ve been in this year is this:
When something is difficult, you start with what’s easy.
Seeing as most of this year was difficult, this celebratory treasure hunt is a way to balance that out.
As you start to put your focus on to what is working, the moments of health, the times when you felt good, you are reminding your nervous system, as well as your mind and your soul, that somehow, despite the loss and hardship, all is still well.
Life has range. So do you. And expanding your capacity to notice what is good, is good medicine. It nurtures the ‘Both-AND’.
As in, “it was hard to get out of bed AND I still got up and brushed my teeth.”
It’s the either-or that keeps us looping in a state of fear and anxiety.
So if you want to play, remember there’s no right or wrong answer. In case your inner critic wants to know how you’re doing, here’s the 3 rules:
1. Compassion – Assume you did the best you could with what you had
2. Curiosity – Pretend you just landed on earth; what might you discover about yourself?
3. Everything Counts – nothing is too big or too little to give yourself credit for
Ok, let’s go have some fun!