It has been a while. It feels good to be back.
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind (I often feel that I overuse the word whirlwind, but it seems to be the best word to describe my life as of late.) I've been go, go, going for weeks. Running as fast as I can, doing as much as I can to keep up with it all: this new business, my family, my friends, prospective leads, new job opportunities, and of course everything that comes with the holidays -- shopping, wrapping, baking! The holidays are especially busy and they seem to come faster and faster year after year. Every year I aim to be ready early, so that I can enjoy each moment. This year, I am not quite ready, but I intend to enjoy each moment anyway.
When I made a visit to Maine over the summer, I bought myself a coffee mug that says, "souls tended and time suspended by the lake." I can't tell you how true that statement is. I feel like I entered a time warp as soon as the Welcome to Maine, The Way Life Should Be sign greeted me on the highway on Friday. Everything slowed down. I arrived home and slept the best I have in a long time, for a really loooong time (close to 12 hours.) After two days of giving myself a hard time for "not accomplishing a thing," I surrendered. The beauty of living at a slower pace is that you notice the snow catching onto the last few leaves that never made it to the ground. You appreciate the people around you. (Strangers are extremely friendly in Maine; they roll their windows down at stop lights to say hello and Merry Christmas, no exaggeration.) Fewer things may get accomplished, but souls are tended and hearts are fuller here.
This Christmas, I am surrendering to the time warp, embracing the present moment and every connection each new conversation brings.
Tell me in the comments below, what are your intentions for the holiday?
With love on Christmas and always, P