Sunday, December 26, 2010

What about the other 364 days?

I've had a lot of downtime to think, journal, and read this week. It's been super-relaxing. I made the mistake of checking my work email two days ago, and after seeing 25 new emails about stuff I needed to do, I vowed not to check it again until after the new year. Right now for me, ignorance is bliss.

I talked previously about generosity and the magic of the Christmas season. It seems to bring the best out in everyone.  Even Mr. Scrooge.

This feeling keeps hounding me though. I keep thinking there has to be a way to bottle it up and share it everyday during the new year.  I've been contemplating a lot about giving, and love, and how I define success in my life.  I'm nowhere near any conclusions, or great revelations. But that's what I love about this journey called life. I don't have to be. It's a process, and I love that.

I do know that I want my time, energy, and money to reflect the kind of person I am, or at least hope to be.  I need to stop thinking about myself so much, and focus on the needs of others around me. That's why I wanted to simplify my life. I thought (and still do) that getting rid of the clutter would help me see beyond my own world, into the lives of others in need.

So in the process of simplifying, my next step is giving of things freely. In my daily life and also to a specific organization.  I don't know the who, what, when, or where yet, but those will fall into place. Any ideas you have to share would be a great encouragement and help!

Is there a way we can apply the Christmas spirit to the other 364 days of the year?


Uncle Tractor said...

You pose some good questions. How to make everyday like Christmas...

Maybe we need to be more like children. Look for the miracle in everyday.

One of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein:

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

I prefer the latter.

Simplifying in the South said...

Thanks Uncle Tractor. I love the idea of being more like kids. They really do have the right perspective.

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