We’ve made it.
Well, almost–but, honestly, do these next couple of weeks even count? Somehow the days from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day feel like a time warp. We should welcome this suspension of “normalcy” with open arms, forget schedules and timetables–slow down, kick it back a few notches, leave work a little early or don’t go in at all. We should let go of the minute details of planning and expectations. Let it all go and just melt in to the now. Spend every moment you can with you loved ones. If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by them, squeeze them a little extra. Whatever holiday you’re celebrating (or not celebrating), this time of year always feels magical.
There’s a hum of undeniable energy that trickles through the currents that blanket the world around us.
Lean into that.
Choose to be present.
Cheesy, I know–but, so very true and if this year has taught us anything it’s that this moment, really and truly, is all that matters. The moment we’re each in right now, is the one thing that holds any significance. Everything else will come and go and what we have left is what we have put into the present moment. Did we love fiercely? Did we challenge ourselves? Were we giving and kind? Did we watch seconds go by rather than devote ourselves to something so meaningful that passing time became immaterial?
Don’t dwell on finding he perfect gift or the perfect charity to give back to or the perfect dinner to serve–let the moment come to you. Enjoy the process–the little steps, the big leaps, the natural pause or the energetic commotion. Greet the day with a heart open and a mind at ease because wherever you are right now is where you are meant to be–hold trust in that.
My moment involves a husband standing beside me with his fingers interlaced with mine–a constant reminder that we’re in this together, a homemade oat milk latte warming my other hand, two grinning beautiful girls racing through the house–probably up to no good, and a couple of pups ready for a walk at all times. My magnificent moment will be replaced by many more–each precious, unique and impossibly magical. It’s so easy to forget to live within ourselves, easy to wrap ourselves up in planning and goal setting, easy to keep reaching settling as stagnation. I challenge you to reconsider the term “settling” and to settle into your life as it is now so that you may appreciate your exceptional reality that is exclusively your own. Slowing down to be with the here and now doesn’t mean to do less or stop having goals or dreams. It simply means to cherish what you have so fully that expansion comes naturally.
So tell me, what does your moment look like right now? What fills your heart so much that the joy shines out from your very pores?