When we experience this kind of closeness with life, it is astonishing to think how much of the time we’re sleepwalking through it.
When I get really quiet inside, I realize I have everything I need. A roof over my head, hot water running through the pipes, someone to sleep next to. Sometimes I think I am the luckiest girl in the world. Not because my wildest dreams are coming true; I am lucky because I have enough.
During the holidays it’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of more. We shop til’ we drop, plan elaborate meals, and race from place to place, never feeling like we have enough time to check everything off our lists. In the midst of our hurrying, we lose sight of what makes this season special. These winter months are a rare occasion in which we have permission to slow down. When we can detach from all the thoughts and to-dos and what-ifs and hit the refresh button, to make room for the new.
We make space for…life to sweep in, for life to happen.
There is no greater feeling than to be swept up in it – whatever that may be – a joke, a blue sky, a conversation, a second slice of pie – to be in that. When we experience this kind of closeness with life, it is astonishing to think how much of the time we’re sleepwalking through it, going through the motions without the gravity of consciousness. There is no greater feeling than to be pulled into this kind of gravity.
This holiday season let’s remember that beyond presents, long commutes and family drama, lies this opportunity to fall into the moment exactly as it comes. It may not be perfect or wrapped in a bow, but it is ours and it is real, and it is more than enough.
P.S. For more thoughts on simplifying the season, click here.