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*a guest post by author JC Morrows*
OK, wow – who can believe Thanksgiving is this… week…
I don’t know about you, but in the day-to-day grind of life I sometimes forget to stop and just appreciate the tremendous amount of blessings in life. Even after something fantastic has happened, I sometimes find myself immediately caught up again in the stress and strain of life.
And with everything going on in the world, it is often difficult to hold on to joy.
Don’t try to hold on too tightly to joy. Far too many people work overtime to be happy and cheerful this time of year, even when their heart simply is not in it. My advice to you is this; don’t push sadness down. Embrace it.
First of all, if you forcibly suppress sadness . . . or loneliness, you could end up in a bad cycle – which could even lead you right to an explosion of the emotions you were trying so hard to ignore.
Second, just because it’s the holidays – it does not mean you have to be happy all the time. I know I enjoy . . . OK, I don’t enjoy the crying, but I do enjoy the wonderful holiday movies that elicit a strong emotional response from me.
And last, no one can possibly know when you are sad or lonely . . . unless you let them know.
The holidays are the absolute best time to band together and bond – no matter the emotions. Families fight over football or wishbones at the dinner table for Thanksgiving. Those same families bond over Christmas decorations or seasonal movies. And who better to ring in the new year, than with your family?
And before anyone gets angry . . . family is not only blood or adoption or marriage. A group of friends can just as easily be your family if you embrace them as such.
So go find your family – even if it’s just a neighbor or two – and start making plans for the holidays.
JC Morrows – Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader – is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn’t stop.
She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother – also known as her biggest fan.
She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 KJV
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