May you be filled with the wonder of a small child when you wake in the morning, may the magic of the season seep into your dreams, may the light of the almost full moon stream through your window, may you eat something covered with sprinkles, drink something fizzy, talk to someone you love, and see something that makes you smile. May you be in awe of this crazy, awesome life you are currently living.
Or, if that’s not your thing, Happy December 25th!
Tis the season to overfill schedules, eat too many sweets, purchase out of obligation, and basically lose all sense of what the season is truly about. A sense of wonder is too often replaced with one of anxiety this time of year. As I drove through an overflowing mall parking lot recently, I realized it was the last place I wanted to be and asked myself “why are you here?” The voices of obligation and frenzy had taken over when I wasn’t paying attention.
I began to look at the season as a metaphor for life, quickly realizing that unless I remained vigilant in my desire to be present and enjoy it, it would pass in a blur and, come January, I’d be left broke, chubby, and wondering when did 2015 slip through the door?
2014 has been a surprisingly happy year for me and I attribute that entirely to being more present and to letting go of an expectation for how it should be, therefor letting it be what it is. Instead of feeling that my life was living me, I made choices and decisions and could tell you exactly how I’d ended up where I was. That hadn’t been the case for many years prior.
As I look at the faces of children, and adults, in checkout lines and mall parking lots, it seems so obvious that all any of us truly want for Christmas is the presence of those around us and to feel present in our lives.
I truly adore this time of year and don’t want to miss one moment of tamale filling, house decorating, tree trimming, cookie decorating, gift making, fire building, or friend and family visiting time by not being present. There is so much beauty to be found, but only when we remember to look.
Have a Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season!
What We Need is Here
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray,
not for a new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
A house full of friends, with a big pot of tamales steaming on the stove.
Punch and Judy at the ranch.
Gingerbread for breakfast.
The smell of pine.
The spazzy glow seen in the eyes of children.
Meeting for hot toddies.