There are seven more days until Christmas. So many of my friends and family members who are still in the “working set” are frantically preparing for the big day. Working from eight to five each day, then rushing home to cram in some holiday festivities – parties, shopping, holiday events, visiting the Christmas light displays, baking those cookies, wrapping those presents – arghhhhhhhh! The list goes on and on, and those people are STRESSED! There are simply not enough hours to fulfill all the expectations of THE BIG DAY!
I am not sure exactly what happened when I retired, but my perspective has changed. This morning I was reading an article by Josh Becker at Becoming Minimalist which included this quote:
“We waste so many days waiting for the weekend.
So many nights wanting morning.
Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.”
It occurred to me that the same is true about Christmas. We are lusting for a day which will occur in a week – and often times, we miss the pleasures that are right in front of us. The delicious morning coffee. The twinkle of the lights on our own tree. The contented sigh of the dog lying at our feet.
Don’t get me wrong. My sisters and I baked 29 dozen cookies last weekend to share with anyone who will take them. But I think it was not so much about the baking or the cookies, as it was about the laughing and being together on that day…in that moment.
I know it is easier for those of us who aren’t trying to hold down full time employment. We have the luxury of having more time to prepare. But my wish for all is that you will pay attention to the moments in each day, and not just chase blindly forward in preparation for an event which will last about 12 hours. I hope that your lust for Christmas will not be the biggest thief of your week!