The “F” word you may want to use this Christmas

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The “F” word you may want to use this Christmas

By Martin Probst, Learning & Development Executive at Leading Chef Academy

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Christmas is just around the corner and it appears that every year people are occupied with more stress and less fulfilment.

What is it that we completely forget in today’s world of having and wanting even more, especially during the festive season? It seems that all the sparkly jewellery, the newest technology and all the other fancy gifts do not lead to joy and love at Christmas.

Can it be that we expect too much?

Can it be that the best Christmas gifts can’t be wrapped, because they come with appreciation and gratitude – not expectations?

Can it be that the gift we need to give to ourselves is not available in any shopping centres?

Maybe it is time to appreciate again what we have and show gratitude which is the foundation of the “F” word you may want to use this Christmas…


Yes, forgiveness. As long as we have expectations of other people that are beyond our control, we will always carry frustration, disappointment, anger or even hate within us.

Although forgiveness can appear difficult, you need to realise that by forgiving you let go of your negative emotions which allows you to heal the past and again feel the Christmas spirit that is….

  • a boldness and bravery for the gift that is the present…
  • an excitement and anticipation to unwrap the future…
  • a PROfound sense of gratitude for all of life’s little blessings…
  • a reminder of those precious and dear, far and near…
  • a lasting hope and wish that every path will lead to peace in this world…

… all that which may strengthen our faith in humankind.

Carrying around negative emotions attached to expectations will only hurt you (no matter how justified it might be). By forgiving, you are ACCEPTING the reality of what happened. This will give you the opportunity to be fully present in the moment rather than stuck in the past. Send compassion and love to your heart and even forgive yourself for being angry, hurt (or whatever negative emotion you were carrying around with you for too long).

“Forgiveness isn’t something you do for the other person,
forgiveness is the gift to yourself.”
Martin Probst

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You can express forgiveness to the other person if you like, but foremost do it for yourself by saying and connecting to the words “I forgive you, because [insert as many explanations as necessary]“ to be at peace with yourself and the world.

Having worked through your physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual needs and let go of disappointments, ager, hurt or any other negative emotions with acceptance, you will be able to take care of yourself and the people around you much better. You will also be able to respect and love yourself more and experience a happy, joyful and fulfilled Christmas with your loved ones.

Give yourself and the people around you the best Christmas gift ever by using the “F” word this Christmas.

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By Martin Probst

In a nutshell, Martin Probst is the Managing Director of LEADING CHEF ACADEMY. He is not interested in teaching you how to suck eggs and is convinced that you are a top banana if it comes to your cooking ability. His mission is to add to your existing kitchen experience a blend of innovative LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS skills, so you can taste the success you deserve for all the hard work you put into your career over the years. His vision is to connect modern chefs around the globe and take them to the next level with our online education & training solutions.

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