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Down.
Of course I always was
at this time of year,
because of the absence of light,
because of the cold,
because of the way
the sun sets when I’m not ready.
But this year,
the Christmas decorations
are bringing me down too.
The Christmas carols
are making me cry
instead of sing.
I feel sad looking at my children.
I feel sad about everything.
I never knew something
that always brought such joy
could bring the sting of sadness
over and over and over again.
But I guess that this is how it goes
when home doesn’t feel like home,
when your husband isn’t a husband,
when your life isn’t what
you thought it would be.
Still, there’s something about the holidays
that makes this worse.
Is it the outward cheer
that throws my inner desolation
into such sharp relief?
Every time I see a Christmas tree
I want to weep.
Sometimes I do.
Please God, let me make it through.

6 responses »

  1. I have been having a hard time too. It’s all the pressure to be “happy” and “grateful”. It can be a overwhelming and hard to take in. You can’t force feelings and the more you try, the hardest it is to get there. I have been teaching in my classes that when you begin to notice these feelings of being down, stressed, or overwhelmed to take a very large inhale & open mouth exhale. Use your breath to bring you to the present moment and just remember that no matter what’s going on around you or has happened before, it is not you. You are you. In this very moment. When you focus on that, it’s easier to let go of all the other thoughts flooding your brain. ♥️ You WILL make it through.

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