You do for everyone else; the kids, your partner, the boss, the school, volunteer organizations, clients, friends, family and the neighbours. You help others and spend your time thinking of ways to do more. You wish good things for your family, friends, community, humanity and the planet.
It's time for you. December is a magical month. The completion and celebration of one year and the clean new slate of another, merge into this month. Pure potential, possibility and fulfillment await.
You've written your gratitude lists, daily, weekly, yearly, every full moon perhaps. Now write your wish list.
What are you waiting for? What are you hoping for? What are you working for?
It's your turn to make a list for Santa. You've been good, right? Of course you have, and it's time you asked for what you really want.
With the wide-eyed, open heart of a child, compile your list. With no consideration to the logistics or reasoning of the items, freely let them flow onto the page - digital or paper, doesn't matter.
Write like a child, the biggest desires you have, with complete certainty that Santa delivers.
Let your imagination run wild and your heart open to the experience.
What would be really yummy for you? A delicious dream.
No discounting items on the list because you think they are simply unattainable or not altruistic enough. You never know how what you do in your day helps others, so express yourself freely, go for what you want. When it comes from love, for yourself or others, it's all good.
Maybe the new boots you want helps a shop owner pay their rent. Or a new home keeps a builder in business. Or the raise you desire allows you to do more for others through charity.
Provide the details. Santa needs descriptions or even pictures. If you're asking the big red guy for better health, what does that look like for you? He needs specifics.
If you're asking for a better job or creative outlet, how many hours a day do you work at it? How much will it pay you? What exactly do you do at this job or art? How do you feel when you are doing it?
Do you want more time in your day? How much more and how will you spend it?
Go big. This is Santa we're talking about. Remember, you're a kid again and there are a lot of dreams and ideas you have for your list.
Get to work.
I have been an excellent girl this year. I fed my family veggies at most meals and remembered to feed the cat every day. Here is my Christmas list:
- A new house in the country. At least 2 acres but I'll go as high as a quarter section. A natural home with big windows and beautiful gardens. Room for everyone, finished and furnished from fair trade, sustainable sources that I get the pleasure of shopping for.
- A publishing contract and while you're at it, I'd also like a movie deal. Julia Roberts should play me.
- A new dress, I'm partial to red but will also accept pink. A stunning dress, no sequins please, simple, elegant and flowing, fitted in all the right places.
- A place to wear the dress, with my husband would be nice. A red carpet event would also be acceptable. With lots of friends and celebration.
- I'd like a trip to New York and one to Hawaii. Short one in New York, 3 or 4 days. Longer in Hawaii, at least 10 days.
- A sketch pad and graphite pencils so I can start drawing again. I'll need a couple hours a week and a nice sunny spot to do my sketching.
p.s. An extra hour in my day for yoga would be greatly appreciated. My writing seems to have bumped it. Namasté, Stephanie.
If you wish to write 2 lists, one for yourself and one for others in your life and on the planet, enjoy. Write wishes of health, healing, love, compassion, abundance, joy and laughter for others. Again, get as specific as you can. Put on some music, light a candle, pick some special paper and a coloured pen or crayon, make tea or eggnog and savour the experience, a Christmas ritual. No limits, no constraints, no boundaries, the world is yours, just ask for it.
- Mail them.
- Tack them to your fridge or vision board.
- Exchange them with close friends or family.
- Put them in your pillow case.
- Offer them up in a fire ceremony.
- Bury them in the backyard, or a snowbank if the ground is frozen.
Happy wish writing!
atONE Holistic Living