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December 14, 2006: The deep

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You know how, a week or two before a big event hits, it all suddenly comes crashing in on you - the enormity of everything you still have yet to finish, and the rapidly shrinking amount of time between now and then, and the stress and the anxiety? I think today was that day. Not so much for me; but it sure seemed like it was that day for a lot of people around me. Everyone is a little more irritable, a little more prone to snap at people, a little more prone to take offense. We're all tired and worried and trying to narrow our focus so we don't have to think about everything that looms over us at the end of the year and eventually, it all just gets to be a little too much.

So here is the thing that you have to consider, when this happens. If you do not get that perfect gift bought and wrapped before whatever gift-giving holiday you celebrate, will the world come crashing to a halt? If you do not bake every single traditional holiday goodie this year, will your family fall apart? If your holiday cards get sent out late, will people refuse to open them? It's all the small things like that that get us all wound up and so wrapped tight by stress and nerves that that is all we can think about.

It doesn't make it any easier, sometimes, to disentagle oneself from all the expectations we heap on our own heads. But sometimes it's good to get a little reminder; a little perspective. Take a deep breath. Remember to breathe. Let life go on.

Tis the season for Holidailies

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