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Restoring Wood’s Grace 
During the Holiday Season
Part 5
Each of the Chinese five elements is a style of being in the world – an expression of experience and expression. Every person embodies each of the elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Yet, when action is demanded, it is our Wood element that kicks into gear. During the holiday season we are moving as fast as we can. When our usual style is challenged by the pressures of work, family, and the rush of the season, we can easily lose our balance as the extremes of Wood take over.
Usually motivated, resourceful, self-confident and optimistic, and capable of tremendous power, the tendency of Wood under pressure is to keep pushing forward – overdoing and over performing. Instead of backing off, we stay occupied with a vengeance. We may become impatient, hasty, and even reckless. Frustration is common. Tired, we become nervous, irritable, and even angry. At the other extreme, our love of getting things done turns into paralysis, and we may sink into a suffocating depression. Either way, our usual elegance is lost.
During this busy holiday season, we can create both inner and outer environments that encourage our Wood personality to stay balanced and flexible -to gracefully regulate unrelenting intensity, and to retreat when necessary.
Here is our fifth suggestion to help you re-establish Wood’s skillful, inventive, curious, and fearless grace.
Whether moving too fast or too slow:
Take some time every night before going to bed to think about things you normally don’t think about; adventures, discoveries, art, stories, etc. Think about the exciting things you have pushed aside because of your busy schedule. Have some fun thinking. Erase the worry at this important time before bed. You will awake refreshed and ready to go-full of a sense of adventure and enthusiasm.
Congratulations.
You have reestablished Wood’s skillful, inventive, curious, and fearless

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