The other day a friend of mine made the following comment while we were working, “Singing lifts the soul.” This leads me to my fourth Christmas tip:
Whistle While You Work.
We got to talking about the power of singing (or whistling) when we are doing something that is hard, unpleasant, or simply not what we want to be doing in that moment.
We recalled the familiar song of the Seven Dwarfs in Snow White “Hi Ho, Hi Ho it’s off to work we go….”
We considered the amazing soulful songs of slaves and the way singing gave them the ability to endure such dreadful treatment.
As we talked I remembered that while baking the day before I had been LISTENING to Christmas Carols the whole time. But about the 6th hour, I began SINGING the Christmas Carols. As I sang, I noticed the work suddenly felt lighter and I breezed through the remaining couple of hours with an extra measure of joy. Hmm…..
To test things a little further for myself, I decided to try this concept out on my journey to New York at 5:00am after little sleep. I knew I was too brain dead to pray. But how about singing? So I brought up Celtic Women Holiday on my phone, began to sing along, and sure enough, my spirits lifted, my soul felt refreshed and the drive became a delight. Yay!
But, an additional thought also occurred to me. While I believe it is true that when we sing any type of uplifting song our spirits will be strengthened, like the Seven Dwarfs. I also believe that when our songs are songs of praise to the Lord God Almighty (the creator of the entire universe) our spirits and souls enter an entirely different dimension!
So, how about giving it a try this Christmas season. Why not actually SING the Christmas Carols while you are getting work or chores done. Use your Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, or whatever works for you to bring up some Christmas Carols, sing along and see how you feel.
Hopefully, you’ll find that your work has gotten easier, your spirits are lifted and you are enjoying the Christmas season in a whole new way!
Let me know how it goes.
May God bless you as you work!