Friday 23 February 2018

Mindful moment… Don't cling to perfection

Christmas perfections
Christmas perfections

Marianne Power

I love this time of year. I love the twinkly lights, the Christmas trees, the chill in the air and the nights spent in cosy pubs.

I love the cheesy films and the songs. I love Shane McGowan and Kirsty MacColl swearing at each other while the boys of the NYPD choir sing Galway Bay.

I always feel a sense of excitement, hope and possibility… but I often feel sadness too. Christmas is a time fraught with expectations. It can put a magnifying glass on things that may be wrong in your life - estranged family, loneliness, money problems, poor health. We have this idea that everything should be perfect. But nothing in life is perfect, even at Christmas. Especially at Christmas.

So this year, I'm trying a new approach of lower expectations. I will make the most of what I have. I will take it one day at a time. I will enjoy the little things.

Starting with this afternoon when I'm planning to watch Love Actually and eat a box of Celebrations. What more could a girl want? Merry Christmas, everyone!

* Marianne Power is the author of

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