As soon as the calendar is turned to its final page, the clock begins ticking. For many, December is a mad dash to the end of the year. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to get lost in the countdowns, last minute shopping and year-end tasks. Before we know it, the holidays will be over and we will be in a new year.
I often find myself discussing mindfulness with staff. I stress the importance of taking the time to appreciate the moments. At a young age, my dad taught me to be in the moment. My brothers and I knew that when we were with my dad we had his undivided attention. There’s something very powerful about that. Being “in the moment” is an important tool I have carried into my personal and professional life. It is in those moments that life happens, information is shared, and memories are made.
I recently read a quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn that said, “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” While the concept of mindfulness is important every day, I find myself emphasizing it even more during the holiday season.
Whether it is unplugging from technology, taking a minute to listen to that podcast you’ve had in your library for far too long, or going for a walk with your four-legged friend, take a moment for yourself. Even if it is just for five minutes, that moment of mindfulness can be a calming breath of relief when times get busy.
As we focus on taking care of ourselves, we are ever mindful of our responsibility to provide quality services to people in our community. Looking into 2019, I am excited to implement the final year of our Strategic Plan. We will continue to build and improve upon the path to inclusion we have worked so hard to create.
I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful season!