The other day I was thinking about concerns and stresses around the holidays. I now know that I don’t have any. In contrast to the world at large I have nothing of importance in my little life to make me anxious. How lucky I am.
I didn’t feel that way a few weeks ago. Prior even to the attacks in Paris I was feeling some discouragement about the increasing violence in our world, the materialism, the economy and the challenges facing our succeeding generations that were not a part of our world at younger ages.
To get off this depressing train of thought I decided to banish some of the inner and outer darkness by putting up some outside lights. Never before have I cared about outside decorations or even many indoor ones. Now these lights feel to me to be vigilant, kind of like prayer flags, sending light out and up. They give me comfort. They are at the back of our house so only briefly seen from the road. They are for us to see.
My only self imposed- I don’t even know what to call it because it doesn’t rank as a concern in the larger scheme of things-deadline maybe? this season has been to get presents ready to mail off to family and friends. Just creating them also gives me comfort. Today most went. To get ready I have been:
Making mint scented soap:
Yarn ready for the church fair:
A scarf in progress. Will it be done in time or given on the needles with a promise to finish? 🙂
Here is the remaining yarn being made into a skein on the wool winder.
Batts for spinner friends:
One project that isn’t even on the radar for this year but will be for next:
See the threads that look different from the other weaving? That’s not a mistake, oh no, it is a design element.
Anyone who has the money for these materials, a healthy family and a peaceful home in which to make the projects has no personal concerns this holiday season.
You have lights outside to keep you warm this season, and I have lights inside. Our regular tree comes on at 4:30 p.m,. but I have a tiny tree and a wreath that I keep lit all day. It is a positive thing just done for oneself. You have been a busy woman. We have a small family, the grands are teens so it is a sea of gift cards – no presents. Not near as much fun as it use to be, but in all reality it is less stressful. Here’s hoping you have a peaceful holiday season and a happy 2016.
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Isn’t it interesting how helpful those small positive things that speak to us individually can be. Gifts are great but being together and sharing experiences
Oops, sent it before I meant to–but being together and sharing experiences when we can is what is truly memorable.