I love journaling and rarely have a hard time writing down my thoughts. I keep a small yellow journal on my night stand so I can jot down a few thoughts down before I go to bed and frequently write my prayers in my journal – I would say for me writing is a spiritual thing.
A few days ago I sat down to journal with my mind focused on writing about this year and all that has happen during this year but I couldn’t put my words into sentences! I sat at my counter for at least 30 minutes flooded with thoughts that I couldn’t put into words; I chalked this up to be my introversion showcasing itself.
Let me just say 30 minutes is a long time to sit in complete silence, especially when you mind seems to be full of thoughts, however as time passed I became very calm and all of my worries ceased to exist.
What’s the moral of the story? SHUT UP – take a few minutes to stop, relax and be still. To be honest up until this point I hadn’t just sat down and relaxed in sometime and was feeling the strains to my stress and worries about getting checks on my to-do list.
I’m vowing to be still more in 2015, to shut up and listen!
I’ll admit it; I love the holidays for so many reasons, just to name a few:
• I like wearing sweaters, especially ugly sweaters.
• I love Little Debbie Christmas Cakes.
• I getting cards from people I haven’t heard from in awhile.
• Catching up on reading.
• Getting to see family members.
• Time off from work. Relaxing and not stressing.
• Classic movies from my childhood.
• Traveling. I like to travel but I hate driving. Weirdo!
• Snow, I love when it snows on a holiday.
• Pumpkin Spice and cinnamon flavorings.
• Advent. I love the sense of journey.
• Music. Christmas is great, but I’ll only listen to it after Thanksgiving.
• I think, generosity is at an all time high during this time of the year.
Here are two thoughts I want to present before you:
1. Lets be honest Christmas seems to be all about the gift giving nowadays or am I full of myself?
2. First, let me say there is nothing wrong with gift giving, but what if we gave gifts all year around? Which in a sense we do, I know.
Now here me out:
Here’s my thinking it’s a bit more specific than it sounds, see I tend to think of those who are less fortunate than myself a lot, I can’t say I necessarily say I have a lot of money or time to give. So I want to set up a small challenge for each of my readers, when you go out to pick up your stuff for the less fortunate this Christmas don’t do it because it makes you feel good, buy something as if you were buying it for a family member (I’m guilty of just buying things from Dollar Tree), THEN be bold enough to commit to give to a individual or family each month out of the year. I know I’m being a bit condemning here because I don’t do it, but I’m committing to assist a family in need and volunteer on a monthly basis and hope you will do the same. We all are aware individuals and families don’t just need assistance during the holidays – they need assistance all year around!