This is the time of year that regardless of how much you are buying for the various holidays, you are going to end up in a line-up of some sort (so long as it isn't a police line-up all should be well!)
We spend less money at Christmas now, but I would be lying if I told you that I hate a commercial Christmas.
I like the decorations - be they Christmas or Hanukkah-related - and I like the bustle.
I like to see Santa and I always give him a hearty wave. You believe, don't you?
Most of all, I try to enjoy the bustle. It is going to happen anyway, and to rail against it all only causes distress, not peace.
Today, I ended up in a long line at Walmart. I was not Christmas shopping, but needed something for the house that could not be postponed.
So I struck up a conversation with the lady in front of me. I chatted with my daughter. We wondered about how Kim and Kanye were doing (since we were standing right in front of the magazine aisle!). I really looked at people. I smiled. I saw many moments of loveliness that I might not have otherwise noticed if I hadn't had it in my head to enjoy the moment.
It's ten days till Christmas. I'm having a big "do" on Saturday night. I am rewriting a novel. And most of all, I am grateful for the opportunity to do all of these things.
Last week, an acquaintance of mine passed away. We weren't friends, but we were friendly. We have friends in common. And he was a good man. I am reminded that there are people in pain at all times of the year, not just over the holidays. I am reminded that there will be food on my table and family there. I am reminded that standing in a long line at Walmart, even that, can be a pleasure if you think of it as such.
And since I felt so darn good afterwards, I thought maybe one or two of you might also like to be reminded, as well.
Be a light!
What a blessing it is to be busy and stuck in traffic and tired. It sure is to me. And if you have even one person who loves you in this world, you are not alone. And if you are reading this, you have me!
Much Love! xoxo wendy
(and yes, I hope things are all right for Kim and Kanye...)