One of my all-time favorite novels is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Imagine how happy I was to be invited to the Street Hope Great Gatsby Gala recently in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It took place at the Horace Williams House for a night of dancing, a silent auction, a delicious dinner and fun with others that were there to support a great cause.
The Great Gatsby brings back memories of my days in Ohio. When I worked at a high school my dear friend Heidi had her students read it each year and we would watch the movie. Robert Redford will remain a classic as Jay Gatsby in the 1974 version and Leonardo DiCaprio did a great job portraying him in 2013.
Arriving at the Horace Williams House I immediately felt the atmosphere transport me back in time. An era of glamour, beautiful attire and music. Walking along the brick walkway towards the back of the house I immediately was drawn to the scene before me.
The evening included a dance tutorial by a professional couple. Guests were invited to hit the dance floor to step into the dance of that era. After a few demonstrations couples were dancing to their own beat and with a little added flair.
I’m talking about whether you are single, in a relationship or if you are married. Sometimes these special occasions can make you feel sad versus happy. If you are in a loving relationship this does not apply to you.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity try loving yourself first. Yes, you heard me right I’m talking about you first. In order to be happier with any holiday that comes along its important to feel good about you.
When you are content with who you are in the present moment it allows you to look forward to holidays all the more. It’s not about the expectations that you have about the other person. Neither is it keeping score on what a person has done for you in the past.
Ever feel compelled to do something nice for someone?
During this time of year, it’s common to want to help our fellow-man. It is a season for giving and thinking of others. The holiday has a way of bringing out the best in all of us.
Pay attention to what is going on around you each day. You will almost always encounter a good deed taking place. It might be someone holding the door open for you or someone else. Perhaps it will be allowing a person to take the parking spot that you wanted.
When was the last time that you had a feel-good moment?