The Chaos

The Chaos

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tick tock goes the busy clock

I am experiencing a temporary writer's block.
I think it has something to do with all that turkey, pumpkin pie, and ridiculous weekend shopping.
Ahhh, Thanksgiving.

My absence on the world wide web over the last five days is a testament to the joys of relaxation and time with family. I "unplugged" myself, except from the occasional facebook check and status update, I have truly spent a week gorging on food and down time. But the busy Holiday season awaits, in fact, tomorrow being the first day of December means that Christmas will be here in a hot second. It's amazing how Christmas always comes on the same day every year and yet always manages to take us by surprise. Are we really that slow? Or just really that busy?

What a word.
It implies work and exhaustion.
I think sometimes the Christmas carol should say "It's the most chaotic time of the year".
I am not trying to sound like a Grinch, but I feel like so much of our "holiday experiences" are rushed these days. We rush through one holiday just in time to get to the next. We don't have time to savor the sweetness of the moment. We are too busy going. I guess that's the advantage of being a mother of toddlers. Some days they take forever just to make it from the front door to the car. They are "busy" staring at the leaves, pointing out the squirrels, picking up sticks. I tend to rush them some days, and then others... I just let them take their time. Why? Because there is joy and pleasure in soaking it all in.

Yesterday as I enjoyed a Monday afternoon movie with Dean, I couldn't help but take a deep breath and joyfully sigh. I know that I have those moments often where I just feel so blessed to be the manager of this chaos, about as many as there are days that make me want to scream from exasperation. But this Christmas, as the countdown to Santa begins, I am making a commitment to myself.

It's time to stop and smell the pumpkin pie. Savor the moments. Savor the true joy of the season.
Who cares about New Year's resolutions? I am talking about making a Christmas decision to make the month of December about all those around you and less about the tick tock of the busy clock.

What about you? What can you do to savor the sweetness of the season this year?

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