This time of year seems to bring about a wider variety of emotions than any other week in the year. Memories…good, bad, happy, sad. Family gatherings…cherished, dreaded or somewhere in between. Conversations…with loved ones, other ones, in-laws or out-laws. How can you make the most out of your upcoming interactions with the people in your life? Always be your best YOU.

Remember that everyone has his/her unique blend of the personality types. You cannot change that, but you are responsible for being the best YOU that you can be. Here are a few tips to help guide you through the maze of the upcoming week.

YELLOWS – It’s okay to be focused on fun. Just be sensitive to people who are feeling different emotions. Remember to let other people share their stories, and really listen to what they are saying rather than thinking about the story you are going to tell next.

BLUES – You may prefer smaller groups of people but if you have a big family, don’t pull back to much or too soon. If you feel yourself starting to get overwhelmed, sit with one person for a while and focus on having a good conversation with that individual. And don’t get upset if things don’t go perfectly. Savor the memories being made so you can enjoy them later in the quiet of your own home.

REDS – Relax! It’s okay to have a plan for the activities and events, but don’t get so caught up in your plan that no one wants to participate (or be around you). Focus on people…not tasks and things. Be in the moment.

GREENS – Say “yes” to invitations. Visit with friends and family. If you find yourself worried about a possible conflict arising, remember that your peaceful presence can be a huge blessing in those circumstances.

Think about those around you – and why they are around you. Find ways to be yourself, while showing love and spreading joy. Merry Christmas!

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