The holidays are a tender time for many of us.

We run ourselves ragged looking for the perfect gift items and trying to squeeze in every last holiday party. Night after night someone or something requires our attention. Like clockwork, we begin the month of December with ambitious plans only to lose steam mid-month. How will we make it to New Years? 

For those who have experienced the loss of someone dear, the onslaught of holiday activity can feel even more daunting. We’re too busy to grieve, we tell ourselves. 


Tender feelings deserve tender responses. 

Now more than ever, I encourage you to seize quiet moments to reflect upon all that is real for you this holiday season. What makes you happy? What didn’t you accomplish that you’d hoped to? Who are you lovingly remembering? 

Take three to five minutes each day to get real in this way and I promise that you will feel a surge of energy. What’s more, you’ll feel the sweet and steady rumblings of hope. 

In the gorgeous prose of Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.” 

May your weeks of holiday planning be easy and reminisces of loved ones no longer here–parents, grandparents, spouses, children, and friends–bring you comfort and hope. Just as my then three-year-old twins Rebecca and Casey realized in the months after their dad died…love is everywhere because the sky is everywhere. 


Nancy Sharp

Nancy Sharp

Nancy is a Motivational Speaker, Award-Winning Author, and Bold Living & Change Expert. She teaches audiences tools to move forward in business and life—beyond stuckness, disappointment, and loss of all kinds—through Bold Living. Nancy is the author of the memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, winner of eight literary awards, and the illustrated picture book Because the Sky is Everywhere, a resource for educators, professionals, and groups that support grieving children and families.
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