Heading toward a new year

P1290158-1I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday, whether Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa…or another celebration.

Our “Family Christmas” was held yesterday, the day after Christmas.  The two little ones lit up the room at my sisters’ home and the rest of us just relaxed, shared a meal (and too many candies!)  The weather has been unseasonably warm but that is supposed to change in the next day or so and we should see our first measurable snow.  Then sleet and freezing rain.

As the new year approaches, I have abandoned the habit of wishing for a BETTER year but for the grace to appreciate whatever comes.  Shortly after 2015 began I broke my shoulder/arm and still somewhat feel some limitations in other ways.  We grow older, things change.  Life changes.

But we can embrace life in its fullness each and every day.  We may have new limits but new horizons also open up for us.  Do you see these as stumbling blocks or stepping stones?  I prefer to see them as the stepping stones.

Wishing all of you the very best, and thank you for being with me these many years.  Happy New Year!!

It’s Getting Close

NativityI can’t believe Christmas is just a few days away!

A few reasons…we have had no measurable snow, and it has been warmer than usual (although the past 2 days were more seasonal and a couple of small ponds showed slight signs of beginning to freeze.) Another thing, I’m just about ready which in itself is a miracle, if you know what I mean!

It just seems like each year summer ends and Fall whizzes by.  Maybe because we are all so busy in the Fall…and it is such a beautiful time of the year.  But winter comes in and things for the most part slow down.  As you move along through life that’s not such a bad thing. In the meantime, we have our holidays.

The Christmas season (or whatever holiday you celebrate) reminds us that we are called to be people of hope in the midst of hopeless situations and world affairs.  Each observation reminds us that we are more than just pieces on a cosmic game board. That there is something greater than ourselves to keep the hope alive.  That we may pass it along and hopefully watch those coming up behind us take the torch and run with it.  To work together.  To respect one another.  An age old longing rekindled at this time of the year, year after year.

Wishing you peace, health, happiness and most of all…love.

Advent

advent wreathI just got back Sunday afternoon  from an Advent Silent Retreat at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center.

As the pace picks up going toward Christmas, it’s always good to take a little time in silence to reflect, regroup and be renewed.   Although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee…) we can all benefit from stepping back from the crazy activity that we are all engaged in presently.  No matter which holiday we celebrate.

It is still warm here for December…the grass is still green and snow is at least a few days off.  Maybe even a few weeks – who knows!  I have some decorations up, and enjoy driving around and seeing all of the lights.  As a matter of fact, I think it would be wonderful to have lights up until March.  It would sure help those dark cold days of winter pass a bit more pleasantly.  We human creatures are drawn to light, to warmth.  But it is in the cold bleak days that our appreciation for the season of bloom and plenty increases.  To every thing there is a season.  Take a bit of time out of your whirlwind schedule.

Breathe.  And Be.