Two turtle doves......Interestingly the true meaning of these words has a biblical significance referring to the Old and New Testament. Most of us are familiar with the idea of the dove as a symbol of peace and love. In fact, throughout the world, doves are recognised as birds of love, peace, fidelity and honesty. It’s easy during the season of advent to get so caught up in the activities of Christmas, with parties, decorating, cooking, shopping, tidying our homes for visitors coming etc. etc. that we forget to take time to enjoy all the good things about this season.
Sadly, Christmas for many has become associated with the word stress! The word peace has taken a back seat in the proceedings and has been replaced with words like ‘panic’, ‘not enough time’ ‘too much to do’, ‘how can we afford that?’ ‘I thought you’d bought the sellotape?!’ Is this really what Christmas is about? Then there’s the dreaded trip to the city centre shops...you know that unless you leave the house at the crack of dawn, you are not going to get a space in the car park and are going to have to sit in a queue to wait for one! Then when you finally get to the shops, there’s another queue for a simple (but life saving at this point!) cup of coffee at EVERY coffee shop in town and then to top it all the gift you were looking forward to buying with every inch of your heart and soul is out of stock!!!
Ok....breathe....I know, that even just thinking about all of that is raising your blood pressure! So, that brings me to my tips for today. Well, it’s more about finding peace in a potentially stressful and busy period. Now, if you are one of those people who just got an irresistible urge to punch me for even suggesting such a thing, you may need to have a camomile tea (or something stronger!) and read on ...
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