Friday, November 20, 2009

Guilt and Staying the Course during the Holidays

(c) photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009

My Inspiration
Parties, New Years galas, office holiday events and Thanksgiving celebrations all lead to one emotion for those of us who try to stay on organic foods--GUILT!

A wise person once told me that guilt is a useless emotion. As a mother of three, I have learned that all too well. So many times when I could not be at three children's events all at once, I have felt the guilty pangs and wondered if I had any options.

I now know that the solution is in accepting the inevitable. I will go to holiday parties--more than I can count on one hand--and I will, of course, partake of the goodies. The key is, as my sister-in-law, Jan, always says: "All things in moderation".

It is sort of like the verse you may have seen on many a cross-stitch:

"Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 

the courage to change the things I can, and 

the wisdom to know the difference." 

This Thanksgiving holiday I find myself having to read and re-read this wise verse. Having just lost my father two days ago, it will be easy to drown my sorrows in junk food. I will try to stay the course, but not scold myself for an occasional cookie or piece of pie that is not organic.

I'll draw strength from the many flowers and baskets that are flowing in today, a testament to the wonderful man that my father was. Thank you all for your well wishes.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Dedicated to my father, Roger Johnson:

1 comment:

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