I was recently talking with a client about the dread she was feeling regarding seeing family this holiday season. It was a conversation that really impacted me because I am aware that this time of year brings up a lot of emotion for many people; hurt, sadness, despair, anger and loneliness can all seem magnified during the holidays. The reality of strained relationships, unspoken truths, and broken bridges, can leave you feeling like a bundle of raw nerves.
If you are one of the many, who are going into the upcoming holidays hesitant and unnerved to see family and friends who have hurt you in the past, please know this; Hurting people, hurt people. Jealous people, hurt people. Insecure people, hurt people. Frightened people, hurt people. People can not give away that which they do not have themselves. And that is why they say, do, and act in a hurtful manner.
Remember, this isn’t about you. It is about them. And no one can hurt you without your permission first. You can rise above and you can turn the tide. Give yourself the gift of tranquility these next few weeks, by owning and accepting this powerful truth, (that) you can feel peaceful, happy, healthy, connected and loved, because it all comes from within you first and foremost and always has.