Save Money and Sanity this Holiday Season

Only in America do we give thanks for all our plenty and then spend the rest of the holiday season in a frenzy trying to buy the things we lack.

English: Sears inside Plaza del Norte.
English: Sears inside Plaza del Norte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a saint. I strive for food and shelter like everyone else. I’m willing to work for my basic needs. But, when is enough, enough? When does it become sufficient that to be alive, to breathe, is enough to be happy?

 My dad used to say, “If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything,” but because he was from Brooklyn, he spoke like this: “Reeter Ann. If you don’t have your health you don’t have nothing. It doesn’t matter how rich you are. If you’re sick you can’t enjoy it.” The older I get, the more I agree and my experience shows me, that my vitality includes my mind and spirit, as well as my physical health.

The Pursuit of happiness starts with good intention, usually we desire the things our parents couldn’t give us; or, we want to make it easier for our kids.

Slowly we climb the socio-economic ladder and in increments we reach for higher price tags to attain happiness.

Recent examples of Wall Street gluttony and mortgage fraud, blatantly tell us that greed is not only acceptable, it is rewarded with lower tax rates and bailouts.

  Even if we achieve wealth, we can become indifferent toward each other. Instead of being richer, we can be left in emotional and spiritual poverty. When we lose sight of the importance of caring for our psychological well-being, we lose our compassion and our strength. When the quality of life begins to crumble, we head to the shopping malls to help us feel better.

Insead, it’s important to invest in practises that build integrity and character from the inside out. Whereas, material things have a shelf life and our bills can deplete us for a lifetime, developing mindfulness is eternal.

 The holidays are a great time to start a psychological boot camp. By working to improve your mental health and setting aside your sights of material things you can revel in the abundance of energy that wants you to be happy. Some people call it prayer, some call it meditation but, no matter how you label it, it doesn’t really matter. What counts, is that you take the time to focus your attention on your inner landscape and take the journey home.

When I concentrate on quieting my brain and being humble, just breathing becomes enough to be happy. In meditation I feel the power of the universe, the magic of my imagination and the ability to co-create with the Master of all understanding. It is in these moments of grace, that my deepest prayers are answered. To be alive is more than enough to be happy.  

 We all have the ability to sync with the Beloved’s infinite’s energy; so, skip that trip to Sears and you just might find, that you don’t need that delux super do-whatch-ma-call-it after all.

Published by thenursesnurse

The Nurses Nurse, an RN-owned organization assisting fellow RNs in career management and advocates for the recognition and advancement of the nursing profession.Created by Rita Batchley, BSN, RN a professional with 25 years of nursing experience, her motivational materials are designed to increase job satisfaction and enhance healthcare practices.

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