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Keeping on during the holidays

December 12, 20231 min read

Whatever you do for work? It’s OK. This is the time to keep going: to keep on keeping on.

It’s winter (at least above the equator), it’s colder, days are shorter, who cares about the holidays (well, you know--at least some of the time I don’t). Businesses are making their investments for the next half year, and folks are dinging up the receipts for this year.

What are you adding up? Are you adding up the good things that have happened in your work? If you’re a business owner, are they as important to you? What about the things for which you are grateful (OK, it’s past Thanksgiving, and you can be grateful all year, too)?

In times past, we were taught to vent our wrath and disappointment. We wrote letters we burned to people who wronged us. And yet we often still held on to that grudge. What happens if instead we spend this last part of our year adding up all the “wins”? The little or big blessings, the things for which we’re grateful, the gifts we’ve received that have (even if they were gnarly to start with) helped us grow?

This is a time of beginning to go into the darkness when seeds, restless, move towards germination, beholden to the earth for where they are, and hoping still for the warmth of spring. Shifting from external darkness to internal light is powerful.

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Elizabeth Power

Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. , is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The Trauma Informed Academy(r). "All we do is help people with change, resilience and self-care, and learning to live trauma responsively. And everything is done from the trauma-informed perspective," she says. "Even courses directly about working with trauma are about change."

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