My seven-year-old granddaughter and I were traveling together and I said, “Iysa, I’m feeling stressful about all that I have to do for the holidays when we get back home.” “Don’t worry, Nonna,” she replied as she sat next to me in the waiting area of the Amtrak station, “Let’s meditate.” With this, she crossed her legs, put her hands on her knees, closed her eyes, and became quiet and still. As I watched her, I was struck by her ability to go inside herself and find peace, right in the middle of the busy train station.

My reflection: With all the stress the holidays can bring added to the chaos addiction adds, this time of year often feels overwhelming. Iysa reminded me of the value in developing a “refuge” – someplace we quickly go that gives us a sense of wellbeing. Hers is meditation and breathing.

Today’s Promise to consider: Stress can be debilitating, but we each have the power and responsibility to find our way to serenity. Some of us meditate, while others might run, write, exercise or cook. Whatever we choose, it’s critical that we make these activities a priority during busy periods. As we approach the New Year, let’s make the choice to do something constructive to help ourselves find peace.

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Joy and Brad Frost
Libby, we have been following your blog for the past six years. Our family has been a part of the addiction journey for three generations. We are now in a healthy and whole place. Thanks be to our faith in a loving, forgiving God. We are currently active in a support group called Mariah’s Mission. Founded by a mom whose 27 year old daughter died of an overdose. And so we often refer the family members who come to our monthly group to your amazingly honest and helpful blog site. Today’s blog touched a very deep spot in my soul… Read more »

Out of the mouths of babes, eh? What a blessing children are! Wishing you a prosperous, healthy, successful, rewarding, exciting, adventurous and FUN New Year, Destined Friend.