Oh yes... the Christmas decorations have been put away and the house cleaned and set back to normal!
The after Christmas slump has been replaced with the comfortable feeling of things getting back on schedule and days being returned to "ordinary."
Don't get me wrong - the excitement and anticipation of the holidays were wonderful and our family squeezed more enjoyment out of the last 6 weeks than I thought possible….
…yet I am so looking forward to "ordinary."
This week I was reading an article Megan had written last month and it motivated me to re-examine my outlook as I unwrapped a brand new year. As I contemplated what she had written, I remembered a book I received as a gift shortly after I began homeschooling, entitled The Precious Present. In this short, easy-to-read book, Dr. Spencer Johnson weaves a little story to illustrate the power and joy of operating your life within the simple principle of being fully present. If you have never read it, I would encourage you to do so and to share it with your family.
Now that I am enjoying the routine of ordinary days, I want to make a point of not falling into the trap that usually follows: hurrying through my ordinary day to get to, well, another ordinary day! So I am determined to wake each morning and rejoice for the opportunity ahead. To embrace routine with enthusiasm seeing each activity as valuable and bringing positive results into my life or the lives of others, and to focus more fully on each person I speak to, and each task I am doing.
Part of embracing the present is learning from the past without remaining in the past, as well as anticipating and planning for the future without pining for it. Learning this balance and continually reminding myself to savor what is happening right in front of me is one of my 2013 goals.
It may be the best “present” I give myself this year!
I have asked Megan to share an excerpt of what she wrote on 12-12-12 and I hope it blesses you as much as it did me....
May God richly bless each of you now - in this very moment!
One of my mathematically brilliant friends pointed out that today, 12/12/12, is a perfect cube. A sign at a restaurant downtown offered free dessert to all patrons to celebrate "the only repetitive date we will ever see."
As December 12, 2012 approached, I tried to think of a special way to celebrate such a numerically auspicious occasion. What should I do, be, or capture that I could tell people about later and look back on fondly?
Then it struck me - I wanted a perfectly ordinary day.
I LOVE ordinary days - I find them simply magical. I am very blessed to be surrounded by family and friends that I love, doing work that I relish, in a place I find beautiful. But that has not always been the case for me, and it may not be the case for you at this moment. The Christmas season tends to bring out the best and worst in all of us...the good stuff is so much better and the less-than-good things are so much harder.
But regardless of our circumstances, we can choose to make a lot of our blessings and little of our troubles. So that's what I am aiming for today...a day that I spend doing activities and work I enjoy with the people I love...
I decided rather than doing something "special" today, I'd like to do normal things in a special way...
So I took a little extra time to chat with the ladies in my Zumba class...and made a new friend :) I took an extra second to talk to a lady at my favorite coffee place and realized that she is going to need a little extra encouragement this holiday. I finally listened to the Tony Bennett CDs I found at a garage sale a few weeks ago. Listening to the dulcet sounds of Tony while heading down the road with my favorite coffee turned an errand into an outing.
I am a planner, a person who loves envisioning and improving the future. It takes continual refocusing for me to grasp the reality that now is when we make a difference, a memory, or a friend.
Today became so much more than a bizarre numerical marker…it became a reminder that today is a GIFT that can only be opened right now :)
Wishing you the magic of an ordinary day :)