The holidays: A time of so much joy, so much love, so much magic ... and chaos, chaos, chaos. There is so much to get done, and so much to make perfect in such a short amount of time. Getting the perfect presents for everyone, wrapping them beautifully, making delicious food, planning, packing, and so much more. Even though it can be a magical time, it can also be one of the most stressful times.
Mercy has asked me to share my personal mantra with you -- my way to get through the holiday season and keep focus on what's really important.
My personal mantra, and one that I remind myself of often, is "you get what you give."
I really do find it to be true. We are given so many opportunities every single day to brighten the lives of others. Anytime you can take one, you really should. Not only will it warm your own heart, but in some way or another, it will come back to you.
When you need help the most, maybe someone you never expected will come out of the woodwork and save the day, because of something you did for them years ago, and they never forgot. A kind word to a loved one or taking the time to start a fun new tradition with your little people can come back to you for years to come. My two-year-old is a little parrot these days, and when I saw something sweet to her, I can count on hearing it from her sweet little mouth over the coming days. Stopping to say something nice to her out of the blue is certainly worth hearing it repeated back to me.
Yeah, it's not always literal. Sometimes you feel shafted in life, or that nothing's going your way. But I promise, you will always get something back. It might not be when you expect it, but sometimes that's the best time to get it.
I hope you take the time to count all your blessings this holiday season. They add up quickly, when you take the time to do it.
Mercy recognizes the stress we put on ourselves and our families over the holidays. They want to remind us that ‘Our greatest blessing is to see others blessed.’ One way we can do this is to pause, list our blessings, and share them with others. Let’s count our blessings together at www.ourblessingscount.com.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mercy. The opinions and text are all mine.