I was reflecting on cards sent by our clients during this holiday season. Thank you all, I am touched. It is truly a priviledge to work in the field of psychiatry. I get to know clients and their families intimately and continue to learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me. So rather than blogging about “Organizing the Holidays with ADHD” or “Focus on Protein” after you’ve had your fill of sugar cookies, I decided to keep this more simple and personal. My message to you is that I hope you find acceptance in yourself and others this holiday season. Acceptance is a generous gift and a rare find. I wish for you the joy of acceptance of who you are, your unique qualities as well as your challenges. I wish for you the ability to recognize the same in those around you – your family, your friends, your colleagues, and those you meet in passing every day. Life is stressful. Sometimes we try too hard to meet all the requirements. We miss the point. So as we near the closing of 2008 and organize the gifts that came in boxes and wrapping paper, remember that the greatest gifts were not the tangible ones, but those you feel in your heart. Wishing you acceptance, integrity, understanding, warmth and kindness in 2009.

Theresa Cerulli, M.D.