Wednesday, December 17, 2008
gathering pieces... gathering peace
I've been feeling like the hurried squirrels out back. They're all scrambling to get everything done for the long winter ahead. I am all too aware of the countdown to the three holidays that we celebrate (Solstice, Chanukah, and Christmas). I feel like I'm doing the same scrambling to get everything done. There is much making ahead of me and my head (and my notebook) is filled with lists. It's so easy to get overwhelmed at this time of year, but I had a little gift yesterday. The weather has been strangely warm, and I took advantage of the melting snow to go foraging for natural bits and pieces to top all of the presents I'm readying for teachers (eleven total!) As I was out collecting, I had a chance to listen to the stillness and breathe in the freshness of the crisp air. How long had it been since I had been outside... not to gather firewood, not to take out the compost, not to pull a sled... just time to be outside in the quiet. I had run outside, a bit frantic... I returned rejuvenated and relaxed. What a good reminder! If the crazy pace of this time of year is making your head spin, don't forget what a wonderful walk outside can do for your spirit. Is there a special place in nature that you can visit? How do you find some sense of calm during this time of year?
These pinecones and berries will be part of my gift wrapping... see this post. Today Bella Dia announced that she has updated her amazing list of gift tags for downloading. What a perfect resource for right now!
It's easy to find the joy in the holidays... hope you are all finding some peace, as well.