This past month has been a whirlwind of chaos. In fact, the year 2012 has been trying for many. With my head spinning from all of the news reports, online posts, shopping, socializing and more, I have been trying to find small ways in which to relax and gain perspective.
The first thing I did was to pray. I prayed for the families of those lost, the families of those who harmed others. For the President and his family. For the 80-something year old lady that would be working on Christmas. For my family, my friends, and myself. I prayed for clarity, wisdom, and a gentle heart. And then I saw the police show up at the neighbor’s house… yet again. So I prayed for the single mother who seems to have addiction challenges. and for the officers attending. and especially for her children.
And then I found something to do.
I sat and watched my beautiful aquarim for 10 minutes. I trimmed and watered my plants. I read a chapter of a good book. I told my partner that I love him, and spent a good long while reflecting on all of our good times, outweighing the challenges we have gone through this past year.
That’s when the dogs decided I was ignoring them, and so we went to play fetch and tug.
I self destruct when I dont slow my brain down and give thanks. My new year’s rsolution is not to get in shape, quit bad habits, promise myself things that may or may not come to be. Insead, I just wish to be at peace once in a while. Even for 5 minutes a day.
So, wherever you are and whomever you may be, I am grateful for you. If I could give each and everyone a gift this year, it would be 10 minutes of uninterrupted peace and joy. Take a minute this holiday season to sit back, find the beauty and smile a little.
Merry Christmas, and I wish you all a beautiful and inspiring 2013.
- True Christmas Gifts (lifehasacrushonyou.wordpress.com)