Whoa, Rudolph! I’m hitching the sleigh to the post and stepping out of this wild ride! The delightful blizzard of 2012 hit smack dab in the middle of my last minute Christmas shopping (no, I’m not complaining–just stating the facts). I felt like I was off-roading in my bulky mini-van through the Target parking lot. Yeah, I was one of those insane people out on December 23. Mix in our anniversary celebration, two family Christmases, almost a week of wonderful company, games, sledding, loads of food, more shopping, a little exercise, not enough sleep, too much coffee, and some movies, and you’ve got one woman who needs to find her ‘land legs’ and a bit of routine in order to function again. So here’s my plan–for tomorrow.
JANUARY 1, 2013
- Put away my Christmas CDs and get out my winter CDs. Yes, I have CDs I like especially in the winter. They’re all instrumental, so my brain can just tuck itself in and relax. A Winter Solstice by Windham Hill is a favorite.
- Pull out a couple of poetry books. It’s like cleaning your palate after a full meal and before dessert. Poetry has a way of forcing your brain to slow down, think differently, clear out all the loud noise of life, and ponder the simplest things–snow on a tree, a bluebird, the joy of a necessary visit. A couple of poetry books sitting on my coffee table always tempt me to stop, open to anything that catches my eye, and read. Any books by Ted Kooser or Robert Frost can be found, dog-eared and worn, stacked and ready at my house.
- A nice, clean sheet of paper. Ahhh, just like the New Year. I’m not one for resolutions, but I do like to set some goals. Somehow I see them differently. So I’ll start brainstorming a list of goals; they won’t all make the final cut. I try to be realistic, and I really hate it when I have more ‘fails’ then ‘completes.’ I also make sure I have some really easy goals (clean out all the kitchen drawers. Shoot, I can probably pay one of my kids to do that! It still counts, then, doesn’t it?). One of my goals last year was to start this blog–complete!
- I will write a New Year’s letter to my kids. This idea came to me just a few days ago. As my kids have gotten older (two in college, one a junior in high school, and one in 6th grade), it seems like there are fewer opportunities to share some ‘life thoughts’ with them. Have I shared with them some of the tough lessons God has so graciously taught me? Can I keep them from taking some of the ‘detours’ I’ve taken? I’d like to because I’m sure they’ll have enough detours of their own.
- Finally, Christmas decorations will come down tomorrow. I don’t really enjoy this, but I love the calmness it brings back to my home and my life. Sometimes, I don’t put back my other pictures and “stuff” right away and just relish the nothingness for a little while. It kind of parallels the white nothingness outside. And I like it when things agree.
Have a blessed start to this new year of 2013. Prioritize the people in your lives, and do things that make a change for eternity.