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Get Rid of that Stress or Christmas Blues: Chill Out With Max!

December 19, 2011

Got the Christmas blues or feeling a little stressed out?

Okay, we’re all feeling a variety of emotions at this time of year. Me? I hold my breath until January 2. I’ve been raising kids for 32 years, and Sue and I have been through a ton of Christmases.

We’re exceedingly lucky to have our four adult “kids” living near us, now that our oldest and her two daughters recently moved to a town near Ottawa. However, planning Christmas supper can be a challenge when our third oldest and her partner try to schedule their paramedic shifts. Someone has to save those people who choke on turkey bones!

This year, Sue and I thought that instead of driving for 45 minutes early Christmas morning to the grand gift opening event at the paramedic household, we’d crash at a B&B nearby Christmas Eve. I love dogs, but draw a line with cats.

Yep, Christmas is a crazy time, when routines go out the window, stress rises, the buffet pants (read sweat pants) get pulled out of the drawer for Christmas supper and going to the mall is more dangerous than driving through Kabul.

The only one in our home with any degree of balance is our five and a half year old Yellow Labrador Retriever, Max.

I envy him.

Max is cool. The females among his running buddies go gaga over him.

He looks at us sometimes as if to say: “You humans are such losers. I sleep when I feel like it. Get fed well, plus some treats. Run with my canine buddies a couple of times a week. And when I have a dump, I don’t have to pick it up. What a life!”

When I leave Planet Earth, whenever the Big Guy decides that, I want to return as a Yellow Labrador Retriever.

So folks, when you’re standing in the long line this Christmas at Walmart, Macey’s, Canadian Tire, Target, Best Buy or Home Depot – chill out!

Or when you’re stuck in a long line of cars in a mammoth parking lot, your right foot twitching as you try to restrain your impulse to run over the person sauntering along in front of you pushing an overloaded shopping cart, take a deep breath.

It’s not the end of the world.

Think of what’s important in your life.

Is it getting the extra savings on that phenomenal plasma TV? The new iPhone or iPad? The nifty watch? Whatever?

Will it be important one year from now what you got for Christmas this year?

Take a cue from Max.

Put it all in perspective.

Nothing makes Max happier than to see our four kids and granddaughters arrive at the door, his tail wagging with enough energy to power a city block.

It’s family that’s what matters.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your loyal readership over the past year. Given the huge selection in the blogsphere, it’s a privilege to build one’s followership. While WordPress is the home base for Changing Winds, my posts appear on a number of other sites. I very much appreciate the comments and direct emails from readers.

I already have a number of posts ready for 2012. I’ll be kicking off the year with CEOs of 2012 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Stay tuned for that one.

Over the next couple of weeks take time for family and personal reflection. Reflect on, and take pride in, your accomplishments in 2011. And think about what you wish to achieve next year. But in the meantime… Merry Christmas everyone!


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 5:33 pm

    Max is my favourite! If I had a dog, it would be max. He’s got a big heart, a big wag, and you’re right – he definitely knows how to lead a stress free life! Of course, his household kind of helps him along!

    Merry Chirtmas!

    • December 19, 2011 5:55 pm

      Ha! You’re too kind, Pat. But Max can teach us some important lessons.

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