Confidence Booster Series: Embrace Traditions
“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.” ― Winston S. Churchill
I love this powerful quote by Winston Churchill. While his statement speaks to the importance of rallying together for the greater good of humanity, I believe the underlying concept can also be applied to our lives on an individual level.
Traditions have a way of grounding us and strengthening the bonds we share with others. Some of my most cherished experiences and memories are the result of rituals I had growing up with my family. To me there is nothing quite like enjoying an evening by the Christmas tree, sipping hot apple cider and listening to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s Christmas album. It all sounds a bit hokey, but to this day when I think of this memory it evokes huge feelings of warmth and love from my childhood. It was something we did without question every year when we decorated our tree.
Now that I have a family of my own, I look forward to initiating and taking part in our family traditions as much as my kids do. Over time, the customs we enjoy around different holidays and throughout our daily lives will create an everlasting bond based on love. We can draw on these experiences and memories any time we need a boost or reminder of the many gifts life has to offer.
Life can become so busy and it is easy to lose touch with important people in our lives. This is why creating traditions with our special friends has a powerful way of keeping connections alive. Spending quality time with people who know and love us for who we are is such a gift.
I have been fortunate to travel through most of my childhood and adulthood with a very dear friend. During the many years of our friendship we have created a number of different traditions together. Our connection and history with each other is like a life line in itself.
Now that we both have families of our own, life has become much busier. Instead of drifting apart, we now incorporate our children into the mix. We are starting to create new rituals that will bond all of us together. The photo above shows our happy faces enjoying fireworks and a parade to kick off the holiday season. Our children may not realize it right at this moment, but these special times we spend together will one day become fond memories they can look back on. For me, these times spent together fill me up and inspire me to savor the precious moments as they unfold.
There are so many ways to incorporate meaningful rituals into our lives. It is truly yours by design. This week enjoy some time taking part in traditions that fill you up. Whether your time is spent with family and friends, or reflecting on good times from the past, embrace situations and memories that will strengthen your spirit and leave you feeling uplifted.
Believe in Yourself – ❤ Emily