Its that time of year where no matter how hard we try it seems that we can’t slow down the clock and there seems to be more on our “to-do” list than there is time in the day. It’s crazy how that happens year after year. I have to share a few phone calls with you that made me just sit back and smile and reminded me that the world will go around no matter what I do and that is really just fine with me.
I spoke to my mother the other day. She started a business a few years back and this is her busy time of year. She has yet to put her tree up or trim her house in holiday decorations and I was surprised to hear this. Her answer was that it will get done next weekend and she didn’t seem that rushed to do it. It will get done before the holiday and before the family gets there. That was what mattered. It made me smile. Now, I know she loves her decorations and I know she loves her morning coffee in front of the lights, but she reminded me without even knowing it, that everything will get done in due time. I needed that reminder so very badly.
Around the same time frame, I spoke with my step-mom who had been ill for a few days. She and my father have company coming for the holidays. Though the company won’t be staying in their home, they will be in and out and they want their home decorated for the holiday. Due to not feeling well she said she felt like things just wouldn’t get finished in time. My father and she looked around the house and decided that what was decorated would be great and once the boxes were put away, what was set-up would be perfect. Again, another reminder that we get what need to get done in perfect timing. Another reminder for myself was that sometimes we set the bar higher for ourselves than others do and our friends and families love us just the way we are.
Ironically, for the first time since I can remember, I have my tree up and gifts wrapped and am not stressing over the holidays. My biggest concern is making sure I am setting traditions and keeping traditions with my family. I have a goal this season of making the most of the little things and finding the good in the smallest things. Its funny, with parents like mine, ever reminding me that life will go on and not to sweat the small stuff, I have learned to calm down and get the things that really do matter to me done and let the rest fall to the wayside. I may not have the finest things in the world, but I sure do have the greatest family a girl can ask for. They are crazy, silly, and full of quirks in all the ways you can think of, but I would not trade one of them for all the gold in the world. I sure do hope you feel the same about your family. Large or small, friends and family are the greatest gifts by far. You can’t take it with you in the end so enjoy the life you are given and make the most of each beautiful day. As always, have a happy day.