Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday Morning Thoughts as We Head into the End of October


This morning as I put my fingers to the keys, I feel a sense of calm, a sense of peace.

I have my warm cup of tea as I let my mind wonder.  Yesterday we took the morning to put our yard to bed for the Winter.  Yup, it is nearing the end of October and I am already thinking about Winter.  We live in Minnesota and with having had snow once already this month, things are getting done a little earlier.  I am even contemplating the idea of putting up our outside lights for Christmas, but not turning them on.  It works so much better when it isn't near freezing.

But we will see about that, if it happens soon or I wait.  The irony of it is that while out shopping we have already seen Christmas stuff up and ready.  Yeah, I get it for the craft stores because people make stuff for the Holidays early so they can be ready for craft sales and the like.  But sometimes, it feels a bit too much, too early for all the other stores.  Even my kids have said, I wish we could have out all the pumpkins and put our Christmas tree up and light it.

I don't want to rush through these next couple months.  I want to plan for ahead, prepare where I can, but also take in the moments (even if they may seem a little chaotic at times).  Sure we may put things out a tad early to get ready for the next season, but I want to surround myself with the current.

My youngest turned 4 recently and later that day he was already planning his next birthday cake theme and what it might be like being 5.  I was like dude, you just turned 4, let's live in the world of 4 for a bit and see what it is like.  Let's not rush this.

Let's not rush this.  Halloween is coming up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's.  Then there seems to be a long drawn out lull.  But here's the thing, why do we anticipate the next holiday so much?  Why not instead anticipate the next day, the weekend, the next activity?  Why not live in the moment, even while anticipating?

Let's not get caught up in the hustle, the busy, the chaotic of the next few months.  Let's live for the day, dream about ahead, learn from the past.  Let's be present in the moment at the moment.  Before we know it, it will be middle of January.

I don't want to hit there and wonder, what happened to the last two months?

Yes, I know it can get to be really busy, and yet it isn't any busier than most other times of year, we just tend to forget or maybe it is because it feels different.  We use busy as a badge of honor.  But what if we took that word out and really said what was needed to be said, really said what we are doing.

Yup, I am putting up my Christmas lights early cause I don't want to freeze my fingers off.  Yup, it's October and we are putting our yard to bed for the Winter.  Yup, there is a holiday coming up, but what do I really want to do for it or not do.  Yup, this year I may have planted my bulbs too late because it got cold earlier, I guess we will see what happens in Spring.

There is always stuff that needs to get done, stuff we want to do.  But what can we unload?  Whether we ask for help with it, or have someone completely take it over, or let it go if we can, what can you do to feel rest, to get rid of busy, to feel calm, to feel peace?

What can you do to prepare, but then go with the flow?


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