It’s officially the holiday season as we are now being inundated with Christmas music and sales commercials. And, we haven’t even sliced the turkey yet! The holidays can be a tough time for some and for others it’s literally the most wonderful time of the year. I myself tend to get a little sad, and uncomfortable, around this time of year. The consumerism and grossness of events like ‘Black Friday’ always seem to distract from what this time of year can really offer. While it’s good practice to remind ourselves of the positives on the daily it can get challenging when life rears up at us. Life’s hurdles don’t get easier just because the movie Elf is suddenly on heavy rotation (I heart Will Ferrel.) I like to take the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to really hone my “finding gratitude” skills. We go on yoga challenges and cleanses and do Sober Octobers – why not take some time to reflect on the people and things that we have in our lives that make us thrive. My mom died earlier this year and as we move into her most beloved time of the year, it seems like the perfect time to find my gratitude. While I am sad and a bit angry that she isn’t here to give me my early morning Christmas phone call I am so thankful that I can still hear her voice in my head. I hold on to that voice when my grief threatens to turn me into a major Grinch. I love that I get to cook for my family and friends a little more this time of year. I love that I get to spend time camping with my dog and husband for Christmas, with no snow! I appreciate so deeply, that in this moment, I am healthy.
This is my busiest time of year at the clinic and I love seeing faces that I haven’t seen since this time last year. I especially love that my works brings me so much joy and that is all thanks to you. I truly value the time that we spend together and I learn something new from each and every one of you. You allow me to use my skills and participate in your healthcare – a task I don’t take lightly. By you spending your money and time here at Green Apple Acupuncture you allow me to give back to our community and for that I am eternally thankful. Your treatments here allow me to give free in-home acupuncture for hospice patients. And for that, those hospice patients are grateful for you. Working with hospice is something that I have been doing for over 10 years and is one of my life’s greatest passions. With your support we help to ease pain and bring a little peace and dignity to the dying process. So thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope you know how much I celebrate all of your healthcare milestones with you. A reduction in headaches, better sleep, improved mental clarity, a positive pregnancy test, no knee pain! I celebrate all the victories big and small and I am grateful. I hope that you can all find gratitude for what you love. I hope it brings you peace and this season. And if the holiday shopping madness gets the best of you, you know where to come and chill out. Cheers to you!