Always at the end of the winter holidays, I realize that I really like calm and quiet and simple. The school year begins again fast and furiously. With a full time job, a family (which includes 2 busy 13 year olds) and a house to manage, life can’t be talked about without mentioning busy. Too busy. Crazy busy. Tired busy.
So today I celebrate being able to experience simplicity and putting the busy on hold. The secret to guaranteed happiness I am sure is finding ways to sprinkle in enough of the simple into the complexities of the day to day.
I figure if we stop and honour the simplicity we love, then maybe we will find ways to keep it around more. Who knows?
So in the spirit of simple, I will make a simple list. I celebrate these things that have been part of a slowed down existence this holiday.
- Early morning reading in a quiet house.
- Early evening reading in front of the fire. The quiet, not as essential.
- Walking in the cold and appreciating the beautiful.
- Coffee. Always, coffee.
- List making. Often in the form of book lists. My mind works this way. So all feels right.
- Time in a bookstore. Lots of time.
- Bird ornaments in greenery in various places around my house.
- Time with my family. Visits. Dinners. Chats. Walks. Pie eating.
- A clean house. Not the cleaning but when it is clean. The time to keep it mostly that way is what I appreciate.
- Stocking up. When my pantry has coffee, French jam, lemon soap and interesting crackers, all is good.
- Time. Time that doesn’t race. Being in it.
- Reading aloud to my family. Talking about plot elements. Predicting. Wondering.
- Coffee visits. Walk visits. Run into the neighbours visits.
- Turkey sandwiches with lots of pepper.
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!
Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.