Back Home = happy place (physically & mentally)
Bridges = help us get there
EVERYONE Loves a Good Time… a party, vacation, the HOLIDAYS!!!
And some of us have a hard time after the Good Time… when everyone’s gone home and all that’s left to do is clean-up the mess.
Christmas is my favorite!! The world of fun and joy opens right up during the weeks before Christmas. Our house is filled with the sound of non-stop Christmas carols, the aroma of Ginger Snap cookies baking in the oven, colorfully wrapped presents under the tree, twinkling lights, and simply beautiful holiday decorations all around.
The anticipation of The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year is sometimes more excitement than I
And vacations are the best!! But when we get back home, there’s usually a pile of mail and heaps and heaps of dirty laundry. Truth is, it is much more fun to pack your suitcase for a vacation, rather than empty it after you’ve returned back home.
So, how can we best navigate the transition from the Good Time to Back Home? What are some Bridges that can help us achieve a more pleasant, and smooth RE-ENTRY?
I personally struggle to find those answers. I’m the girl that actually kept her Christmas tree up until mid-February one year. I just couldn’t bare to see it end. So right before Valentines Day, I finally Took Down Christmas and quickly redecorated the house with festive hearts and cupids.
One of my closest friends has her tree un-decorated and at the curb by Christmas night. Everything Christmas is cleaned up and put away until next year, all in less than 24 hours after “down the chimney St. Nicholas came with abound.” There’s not even a crumb of a Christmas cookie or a strand of tinsel left behind.
I also had a neighbor that put an (electric) “Candle” in each window during Christmas and kept them up (and lit in the evenings) until Easter. I actually loved seeing the candle’s glow throughout the long winter and into the spring… I thought it was a very cozy, warm touch.
Those are only some extreme examples of how people approach transitioning from the Good Times to Back Home. Everyone handles things differently… in their own way… everyone has their own comfort zone. And it would appear a healthy, balanced approach to transitioning lies somewhere in-between the extremes.
Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved a Good Time when people were happy and having fun… so transition was never easy for me. Therefore, I have been working hard to navigate a healthier approach to Re-entry and have discovered some helpful Bridges.
Be Mindful when you are Preparing for the Good Time
It’s a lot of fun when it’s a family event opening up 10 storage boxes of Christmas decorations, and everyone wants to cut down the biggest tree in the forest and after we’ve all hung our favorite ornaments in just the right spot, begins the excitement of who’ll get the honor of placing the Star on top… all while festive Christmas carols play in the background.
Then it comes time to Take Down Christmas and no one is the least bit interested in helping. So, there you’ll be… most likely all alone, with no “Jolly Old Saint Nick” serenading you in the background. Also, remember, the size of the tree is directly proportionate to the endless amounts of pine needles you’ll be vacuuming up until June.
Therefore, be mindful as to what (and how much) you put up during the Holidays… because chances are, it will not be as much fun (nor will you have much help) taking it down.
That goes for packing for a vacation as well. PACK LIGHT. The experts say “Pack your suitcase with everything you think you’ll need…and then take half of it out.”
There will be less laundry to face when you return, and emptying your suitcase won’t feel like an overwhelming task if it’s not bursting at the seams.
Be Patient and Kind to Yourself
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a day or two (if you can) to readjust after the Good Time. Once you’ve gotten your energy back and reacclimated… then set up a reasonable plan. Decide on manageable tasks you can accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. Once you start checking off these tasks, you’ll start feeling efficient and will easily build the momentum to complete RE-ENTRY.
Home Sweet Home
Even though I love a Good Time as much as anyone… there’s nothing like Home Sweet Home. Routine is so soothing. There is peace and comfort that comes when everything is back to our version of normal.
My wise Spanish Grandmother had the perfect saying about those
she always said:
“Noches Alegres, Mañana Triste”
Please take a moment and share the Bridges you use for a smooth transition for the Good Times to Back Home in the comment section below.