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Every year at the beginning of January, we all complain to each other about how fast the holidays went by. Especially for those of us who are older, the universe seems to slam on the gas pedal and we hold on for dear life. Parties, gift shopping, baking cookies, decorating: doing all the requisite tasks that make up this time of year.
It’s easy for me to get caught up in the mood, the sense of rushing and getting things done; the mood is contagious, and by keeping busy, I feel in some ways I’m participating. But I’ve decided to spend the rest of December in a different state of mind.
I’m going to watch and observe.
I’m going to hug my friends for the heck of it.
I’m going to make my husband laugh a lot. (I’ll just do my happy dance.)
I’m going to watch my orchids blooming almost before my eyes.
I’m going to breathe deeply, inhaling gratitude and joy.
I’m going to greet every clerk in the stores and smile.
I’m going to walk slowly, look around me, and wave to strangers.
I’m going to say extra prayers for those in my life who are suffering and are sick.
No new year’s resolutions for me. No trivial complaining. No rushing unnecessarily.
Are all your holiday plans really necessary? Can you let some of them go? Will you decide that some things are more important? Can you let December be a time of reflection, peace and stillness?
Would you like to “just be” with me through the end of this year?