As business trends go for people like me, December can be a slow month. Holidays, parties, travel, and basic busy-ness keep people from their self-care. That’s OK; it IS the season of giving to others, focus on family, and togetherness based joy. That said, I have historically gotten more business and more busy on December 1. I (happily, thankfully) tend to attract individuals who give thought to the months ahead (they have to, they are often on training schedules). They set themselves up for the calendar change so they can hit the ground running on January 1. I love this about the clients I serve.
In thinking about the “shape” I’m in right now, I realized I give much thought to setting myself up for the new year, but I often get too busy for the action. That which I admire and respect in others could be better practiced by me. Although I start each year armed and ready to “go”, I thought I’d try differently. Do different. In December.
I place myself in the hustle and bustle of December in an attempt to keep myself from slipping towards blueness. I’m well aware of my seasonal depression; that’s what it was called in the 70’s. As a teen I could see the value of putting all the lights on in the early morning so that I could pretend it was daytime as I got ready for school. (There is great value in acting; faking it until you make it) And although I could see the beauty of shutting down normal houselights in favor of candles in the windows and twinkling white tree lights, much of my winter was based on preparing for spring. Each year I have a strategy to muddle through, and the last few years have been quite enjoyable.
But still, I’m going to do different.
I’ve got four days to become a Decemberist. One who “does” December. One who “advocates the doctrine of” December. One who “performs” and “specializes in” December.