Several years ago, I discovered minimalism.
In it, I discovered something truly obvious – that happiness is not found in material things.
So here we are, near the end of another year, and I can truly say that I don’t want anything for Christmas, except maybe some extra time with my partner, without the kids!
Happiness for me is found in gratitude. Whenever I have a quiet moment, I take the time to reflect and give thanks for all that is good in my life.
My partner, who is so incredibly loving, thoughtful and caring. Without him, I don’t know if I could have made it through the rough times. He’s always here for me, supporting me, helping me out when I’m at my rattiest.
My kids, all of them. I only ever had two, and never expected to gain two more from my man when we got together! With his kids and mine we’ve somehow built a family, and we all rub along together well. A modern day Brady Bunch, we do alright.
My friends, who take me at my worst as well as my best. Sometimes I’m sure that isn’t easy! I’ll make it all up to you all…someday…
My country, for taking in this crusty old Aussie, and turning her into a halfway-decent Kiwi, although she still doesn’t understand rugby (and probably never will). Thank you for having such great people, and for being the most beautiful country on earth.
I have so much to be thankful for. Life has a way of giving back to you if only you take the time to realize it.
So this Christmas, if you want to find happiness, don’t look for it under the tree, or in a gift, or in the stuffing of a turkey.
Instead, look around you. At the relationships you’ve built, at the family that protects you, at the friends and country that guide you and nurture you and make you who you are.
That’s where the treasure is. Breathe it in. Drink it deep. Be blissful and happy. Share the gratitude around.
So here we are. The start of Christmas. It’ll soon be time to drag the tree out again, find a turkey that will fit in the oven, order a ham, plan the Christmas meal.
We’ll deck the hall, wrap the gifts, maybe I’ll sing a few carols when the kids aren’t around. I’m old-fashioned that way.
As you start to get your Christmas preparations ready, take the time to remember all the good things this year has given you. Because here’s the secret of Christmas: it’s in gratitude that we receive the best gifts of all.