We enjoyed friends coming by, sharing activities, meeting to skate into the New Year with family, and going out for celebrations, too. We enjoyed assembling new toys, playing with friends, even going to school was a welcome treat when it meant caring for the school garden. Cooking favorite dishes, like enchiladas, was good, and bringing home gorgeous school garden veggies was a bonus for all! It's been a happy, healthy, and satisfying break, without hardly anything to do but what we love to do, with the ones we love.
So. I have this intention about making more deliberate choices, being in the moment, having plans, so that even an hour can be meaningful, gratifying, so that we don't go days and weeks without having a sense of wonder, and joyful engagement, so we can connect with friends, and have common goals for good experiences, and fulfilling projects. I've been trying to grasp what it is that makes winter break, Christmas, the holidays feel quite special... and I think it's knowing there are plans in place, traditions to follow, and having so many people in a like mind and purpose. It cannot all be joyful and sparkling; there are always chores, obligations, setbacks, but I think we achieve more, see greater happiness, because we intend to be happy, to feel joy, to make the light. Our expectations are raised, and it seems to generate motivation to facilitate and create delight, exuberance, meaningful contacts and discourse, play.
Balance, optimism, deep breathing... oh yes, my brain is greatly entrenched in some new year reflection and other musings. It's good, right? We try, and try again, to get things right, to do better, to figure it all out. There's something fortunate and valuable in choosing to make things work, trying a new method, accepting that it may be time to reassess how we see the world, or a day, or how we manage our beliefs.
Now, to the dishwasher, and hanging up clothes, feeding chickens. The messier stuff of life, but with happy thoughts of winter break, and things to come...