Just BE!

December 16, 2008

It’s the final countdown to the holidays. It’s a time to be joyful, grateful, spend quality time with your relatives, and JUST BE.

Just BE??? Huh?? That sounds out of place, doesn’t it? I bet for a moment, some of you read “just be” and sighed because it felt so nice to imagine JUST BEING! Regardless of how special and beautiful of a time the holidays are, most people are a little stressed during these times. In fact, some just feed off of that stress, or compete with others to see who is the most stressed. Silly, isn’t it?

I have to admit that I still have not bought presents for the kids’ teachers, taken a family photo, and purchased holiday cards (they are coming, I promise!!). And, to make matters worst, I’m already thinking of ways to avoid certain conversations during our family get togethers or solve those family crisis’ that may come about. Sound familiar? My heart is racing right now as I type this. Yes, both my Superwoman and conflict avoider gremlins are beginning to show.

What is preventing you from JUST BEING this holiday season? The tight economy may offer many of us a valid excuse to cut back a bit, but do we really need any excuses? Sometimes we feel like we need permission to not be so perfect and to not fulfill our own and everyone else’s expectations of us. Sometimes our ego (the part of us that needs to be this or that, or must do this or that) requires permission to relax, not get everything done, and JUST BE.

This past week I gave one my clients permission to do just this…BE. I was sensing she really needed for someone to give her that permission and help her imagine what it would feel like to let it all go and take care of herself. The amount of time you need is up to you. So, if you happen to be in this predicament, let me help you as well. I give you permission to JUST BE!!! Take as much time as you need to get back to a place where you are truly ready to shift into high gear again. It is a place where we have no “needs”, “shoulds”, or “musts”, but “WANTS.” Remember, it’s not the speed by which we arrive that’s valuable, but the quality and source of the effort.

So, during the next few weeks I hope you will give some thought to things that can wait a day or two—or an hour or two—to get done so that you’re putting your heart and soul into these important activities that bring joy to so many in your life and to you!

To my friends and relatives who may be reading this…you will most likely get your “Happy New Year” cards after January 1st, but I promise they will contain all of my love and enthusiasm. “-)

Here’s wishing you all the space to JUST BE! Enjoy.


2 Responses to “Just BE!”

  1. Karina Says:

    …..(SIGH)….I REALLY needed that especially today, but something to think about daily, thank you!!!

    I’ve learned my share of lessons in the past 2yrs – of which I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever be encountered with, but that was my reality…as crazy as it may sound, I feel blessed and thankful for what I’ve gone through those times because now feel stronger of a person.

    I am still crossing broken bridges, but still taking one step at a time….

    Monique, thank you for inspiring me!! I will continue to follow your blogs….CONGRATULATIONS!

    Best wishes these holidays and the new year for you, Billy, Jake, and Nia!

  2. Monique Renee Catoggio Says:

    Hey amiga! Thanks for following my blog. I hope you find it useful.
    Learning lessons are a great way to ask ourselves if we are on target. It sounds like you’ve made some great realizations and have come out a stronger person. Congrats! Hope to see you soon. Mo

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