winding down

December feels like a time for winding down, even as the holidays gear up. I sit for a few minutes longer over my morning tea, reflecting. I walk outside and breathe in the air on a day that reaches 59 degrees, knowing that soon I will only want to huddle inside by the fire, warming my toes.

I hum Christmas carols as I flit about the house, decorating and cleaning and prettifying, and I don’t grumble about how much I hate to clean or how much time I don’t have or how much more I have to do.

I am enjoying this moment.

I’m not at all sure how I got to this place. Perhaps it’s because November was so crazy, or because there is a new phase of the moon, or because I’m another year older and I’ve learned, just a little bit more, to enjoy what I have.

Whatever the reason, I feel calm and centered and as if I am basking in the glow of something wonderful.

I think I’ll wrap a bit of this glow up in a big old box, tie it with a very old, very pretty ribbon, and send it out to the world.

When it comes your way, I hope you’ll open it, take a big deep breath, and then send it back out with a smile.

Someone else might need a little light in their life.

And besides, smiles are free.



p.s. this post first appeared over at vision & verb, but i thought it was worth sharing here, as well.
you know, more smiles.






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  • Debi December 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    this is wonderfully calming post, and i thank you. i was about to write of my struggles with this season, and your words have helped. but first, time for christmas music. xoxo

  • Liz December 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    my gosh, how is it that you write exactly what I need to read every single time?

  • Mr. M December 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

    just keep cleaning

  • Barbara S. December 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Thank you so much for your gift – it’s just what I needed right now! I’ll be sure to pass it along!

  • Nana December 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    what a wonderful gift to give the world, you make the Almighty and santa very proud 🙂

  • Barbara S. December 11, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Kelly, I wanted to say thanks for this post one more time, and to let you know I’ve passed it on in my latest post. I included a link back to yours.


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