Holidays are full of traditions memories of doing the same thing over and over. It may be lighting a menorah or a Christmas tree, family gathering for a cherished family recipe. For some, it is the holiday office party or getting a year-end bonus. I love traditions and one of my traditions is always doing one thing new each holiday. The first year I was in Denver I attended the ballet, the next I attended Denver Christkindl German market. Traditions bless as do new things.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? Darius Rucker’s new song by the same title raises a great question. Mindful leaders are continuously practicing what it means to be present in the moment. These treasured moments that fly by even faster than I can type. In our human race to make the most of each moment we often create processes and ruts of the day in/day out processes to keep up safe. In the safe, we lose our ability to feel and in that our ability to grow. Today I write from Portland Maine. Yes, you guessed it, it’s my first time to the state of Maine. As a woman from Portland, Oregon it’s also my first time to the “other” Portland. Days like this make doing something new easy. Today I ate Maine Lobster, shopped at the LL.Bean headquarters at midnight cause it never closes, and I did an entirely new keynote for a rare (for me) all-woman audience.

I challenge you this holiday season – Find one thing you can do for the first time. Do it mindfully and see what you feel as a result of being out of your comfort zone. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Attend a holiday event you have never attended before
  • Listen to a new holiday Song
  • Watch a new holiday movie
  • Try a new holiday food – fruitcake anyone

Mindfulness skeptics tell me that mindfulness is too hard; they don’t have the time or don’t find benefits. Mindfulness is not a one hit wonder it’s a daily practice of trying to be, do or have something different in our life. This week be different; do something different and pay attention to how you may have a different experience of life as a restful.

Mindful matters,