Putting a positive spin on the Christmas postal queue

Dec 15, 2022 by Tamara Cianfini

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As the jingle bells start ringing, I'm here to gift you my "Yuletide Post Office Hack" – a festive twist to make your annual post office pilgrimage more fun and meaningful. Feel free to unwrap this gem and transform your waiting time into something truly magical.

If you're like me, with only one post office in town, you're bound to get stuck in those never-ending pre-Christmas lines. And let's not forget the cherry on top – the postal strikes this year! Ho ho ho, isn't that fun?

Normally, I'd endure a 20-minute wait, which feels like an eternity. But instead of simply sulking, I choose to jingle all the way with my "Yuletide Post Office Hack". Consider it your annual reminder to reflect on the rollercoaster ride of the past year.

Here's how I add some holiday cheer to my post office visit:

I whip out my phone and compose an email to myself. I jot down the highlights of my life at that exact moment – work, health, relationships, and so on. But wait! There's a step one, the most crucial of all. I search for last year's email, read it, and bask in the warm glow of nostalgia.

This year, as I strolled down memory lane, I found that most of last year's worries had resolved themselves like a Christmas miracle:

  1. Turning 50 and accepting it with grace? > I embraced the big 5-0, discovering the perks of this milestone – like having the perfect excuse for forgetfulness. Senior moments, anyone?

  2. Surviving house renovations and the stress they bring? > Well, Santa saved the day – the renovations never happened, and I'm at peace with postponing them for a couple more years.

  3. Coping with my son's absence due to university demands? > Time flew by like Santa's sleigh, and thanks to FaceTime and WhatsApp, I barely missed him. We even had an unplanned, joyous family holiday in Spain!

Reliving your worries from 12 months ago and realizing how you overcame them is like sipping hot cocoa on a frosty winter's night – soul-warming. Amidst the holiday hustle, this little exercise lets your mind hit the pause button, sort through experiences, and find new meaning for the coming year. Growth and progress come from understanding our past.

With that, I create a fresh list of my current thoughts and concerns, reminding myself that things have a way of working out – like unwrapping a surprise gift. We have a nifty tool at The Wise Hippo called the "Thought Exchange" to help us silence that pesky inner Grinch.

So there I was, standing in the annual Christmas post office line, reflecting on my life's journey, feeling grateful for all I have, and embracing another year older (and wiser!) at 50. Shout it out with pride!

Next time you're stuck in a postal queue (or a similar situation), remember this festive life hack and look back on your last 12 months with a heart full of love, knowing you had the strength and wisdom to conquer any obstacles that jingled your way.

So, my dear friends, as you embark on your post office adventures this holiday season, give my "Yuletide Post Office Hack" a try. Transform those dreary waiting minutes into an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. And who knows? You might just create a new holiday tradition for yourself!

Let this be a reminder that life is full of surprises, and our past worries often lead to incredible experiences and cherished memories. As you stand in line, know that you're not alone. We're all on this journey together, navigating the ups and downs, and finding strength and wisdom along the way.

Here's to embracing the magic of the season, cherishing the memories of the past, and looking forward to the adventures yet to come. May your heart be full of love, joy, and gratitude this holiday season and beyond.

So, the next time you find yourself in that festive postal queue (or any other seemingly mundane situation), remember the gift of reflection you unwrapped here today. Carry it with you as a token of resilience and growth, knowing that you have the power to overcome any challenges that come your way.

Wishing you love, laughter, and blessings during this special time of the year. Happy holidays and jingle all the way!

Tamara Cianfini x