Christeen Street Studios Weekly Blog
Happy Monday everyone, can you believe its two days before Christmas! I want to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and happy New Year! I am hoping you all are done with your shopping and last minute decorating needs before all the festivities begin, because it is intense out there!
This week is a pivotal week for me, as in blog #12 I talked about being so very busy with Christmas decorating and making gifts, and now that is all over I can start to work on other projects…not holiday related. I find this transition somewhat difficult however, as although I am done with all the things I wanted make and decorate before Christmas, it is still the holiday season in my house until the New Year. Therefore, I find it somewhat strange that I want to paint something very…dark and emotional. Perhaps it’s because I have been painting peppermints for the past month, but I find it odd as this is a time of year when the houses are lit up with beautiful colors and happy swag, all the children are excited for Santa to arrive, and from a glance the world is happy and cheerful this time of year.
However, the truth is that there is a lot of darkness for many people around the holidays. This time of year brings up memories of lost loved ones, days gone by, and perhaps even loneliness, and if your experiences have been anything like mine, you have encountered some, probably too many rude people. Rush here, rush there, cut people off, steal parking spaces, drive like a crazy person, and simply on their worst behavior. One’s natural reaction, I know mine is, is to react in some way, honk your car horn, flip them off, curse at them. But this year lets change that, let’s be the ones who understand that this time of year is not all peppermints and candy canes, but more so a time of chaos and frustration for many.
Also, let us be mindful that mental health takes a back seat this time of year for many as well, which no doubt bleeds into other areas of a person’s life. Mental health is a big issue, this time of year especially, and people walk around with their minds in the fog of all the things troubling them, the things they cannot escape, and thus they become so caught up in their own mind it reflects in their actions.
Now I am not saying it is ok for people to walk around being rude and on their worst behavior out in public, but what I am saying is this is supposed to be the season of understanding. Yeah yeah, I know it’s supposed to be the season of giving but were not going to walk around town giving gifts to strangers. Although that would probably help a lot of people’s mental state, it’s not realistic. But what we can give, that costs nothing at all is understanding. So when that person cuts you off to sneak your parking space, let them have it and move on. Clearly, they are going through something we cannot see, and rest assured if they really are just being a jerk, then karma will get them. SO in honor of the giving spirit, give understanding. It goes farther than you will ever know. Merry Christmas, Christeen