H.A.L.T.

Hungry Angry Lonely Tired

 

As we enter this busy holiday time of year, I am reminded of the acronym from recovery circles, called HALT. I think we are more vulnerable at certain times of year and certainly this is true during Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. We miss our loved ones no longer with us, we rush around doing “retail therapy” and particularly the “mama’s” try to put on the perfect meal. In the Bible, Jesus was good friends with one family in particular… the family of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Martha kept trying to get things done and was the “executive functioning” arm of the family– a planner and executor of plans… similar to a Myers Briggs profile called a “J” (Judging). Mary on the other hand, wanted to sit at Jesus’s feet and have “chill” time, or what we might think of as “P” (Perceiving). The truth of the matter is that in order to be successful, we need both types of personalities. We need planning and organization AND time to sit and be quiet and reflect. If we overdo, especially when we are hungry, angry, lonely or tired, we will totally miss out on times we could have experienced the joy of fellowship, fun, and maybe even a bit of the sacred now. So remember to eat, forgive, connect, and rest to make the most of this holiday season.

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