What’s Holding You Back?

We are nearing the end of the Advent season, and Christmas is almost upon us.  Usually, by this time of the year, feelings of anticipation and excitement as the joyful day draws closer are bubbling out of me. This year, however, I am feeling more subdued.

This morning, as I put up decorations on the wall of my cubicle, I realized that I was just going through the motions. The same could be said for all of my Christmas preparations. I’ve purchased and wrapped all the gifts for my family and loved ones, watched my regular Christmas movies, and tried to bring the spirituality of the season into my heart. Through all of this, something was missing.  

The hopefulness that the celebration of the birth of Jesus usually brings to my soul was replaced was missing.  Perhaps you are feeling the same sort of thing.  For me, hope has been overshadowed by feelings of anxiety that everyone deals with in life.  It’s easy for negative feelings to eclipse the light of this special time of the year. Maybe you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, or an illness, or money problems.  Even the regular routine of life can get in the way.  

As Christmas draws closer and closer, I am hoping that I can refocus my mind and spirit on what is most important.  

How do you keep yourself focused on the true meaning of Christmas?  Please share!


2 thoughts on “What’s Holding You Back?”

  1. Hang in there.

    The fact that you are “going through the motions” is a good thing. A lot of people just give up. My sister and her husband no longer put up a tree, too much bother. So keep doing the things that have always comforted you in the past, making the effort. The cynicism and commercialism of modern society, can be a distraction, but keep your heart in it. Hopefully it will come, maybe at Midnight Mass.


  2. Maybe it’s the fact that you have been staring at Christmas decorations and holiday items in every store you go in since Halloween. That can suck the life right out you. Remember, it’s called CHRISTMAS DAY. Celebrate the day when it comes. As for everything leading up to the day, if you feel like putting up an ornament or two go right ahead. If you don’t feel like it, then don’t force it. This is something that should be enjoyable and not a chore. You will know when the feeling comes back.


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