Fantastic Frank JohnsonHoliday blues got you down? Each year I go through my own version of holiday stress, and I found humor and inspiration in the least likely of places – obituaries!

Some people even write their own obituaries, such as Sonia Todd, who wrote:

“I don’t like the timeline format because, let’s face it, I never really accomplished anything of note….

I also didn’t want a bunch of my friends sitting around writing a glowing report of me which we all know would be filled with fish tales, half-truths, impossible scenarios, and out-right-honest-to-goodness-lies…

The truth, or my version of it, is this: I just tried to do the best I could. Sometimes I succeeded, most of the time I failed, but I tried…

If you think of me, and would like to do something in honor of my memory do this:
-Volunteer at a school, church, or library
-Write a letter to someone and tell them how they have had a positive impact on your life
-If you smoke – quit
-If you drink and drive—stop
-Turn off the electronics and take a kid out for ice cream and talk to them about their hopes and dreams
-Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it
-Stop at all lemonade-stands run by kids and brag about their product
-Make someone smile today if it is in your power to do so”

To read the full obituary – Click Here

So, if you’re struggling with holiday stress, consider following Sonia’s suggestions. By opening our hearts, we can let the light shine, and make the season sparkle!