At the holiday season many of us choose to visit family and friends.
For many this is a time of joy, when we reconnect with our families and remember why we are alive.
For others it is a time of dread when long-standing tensions and difficulties with our relationships are brought to the surface, usually accompanied by alcohol fuelled dys-control.
Quite often we may say things that we did not mean and end up exacerbating the situation, and worsening our relationships, and making ourselves unhappy with a further burden of ill will to carry into the new year.
This is a great shame.